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Advanced Graduate Degree in Nuclear Engineering (GA)

Business sector: Nuclear industry
Entrance dregree: Bac + 4Master degree
Pathways: Academic FormationContinuing professionnal developmentVAE
Diploma issuer: INSTN


Acquire skills in nuclear reactor physics and the operation of pressurized water reactors. It also covers cross-business skills (electrical systems, dismantling, energy sectors, nuclear economics, human and social sciences) which may be mobilized by the GA engineer within a complex energy context.


Engineers with a degree in Nuclear Engineering may consider careers in the major bodies and companies in the nuclear sector (EDF, CEA, ENGIE, IRSN, Framatome, Edvance, TechnicAtome, Orano, Naval Group, Assystem, etc.) and in the many service companies and specialized consultancies which are partners or subcontractors of the nuclear operators.


Employability rate


at 4/6 months

Entrance requirement

The candidate must be:
• an engineer graduate from a CTI-accredited French school
• a foreign student holding an equivalent degree (engineering master’s degree) or who has just passed one or two study semesters within the Erasmus program existing with the INSTN
• a French or foreign engineer student as part of a specific agreement between the engineering school and the INSTN (a year specializing in NE instead of the last year of the engineer cycle) - List of partner schools.

Learning outcomes

C.I Basic skills in the Nuclear Engineering specialty
Knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences linked to the nuclear engineering specialty, analysis and summarizing of the associated concepts.
C.II Engineering skills
Proficiency in nuclear engineer methods and tools in your fields of application (research, experimentation, design, operation)
C.III Cross-business skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills

Consult the training reference package

Training description

The course teaches how to use the calculation and experimental tools existing in this field, how to develop, install and optimize the third-generation reactors and design and perfect the new-generation nuclear systems.
The course also includes a human, economic and social sciences education program enabling students to find out and learn the place of nuclear in the energy context and understand the related societal and environmental challenges.

7 months of the "academic training module” type in nuclear reactor physics and PWR operation.

5-month internship in industry or in a research and R&D body.
The nuclear engineering training course is built around 3 major skills:
C.I Basic nuclear engineering specialty skills: knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences linked to the nuclear engineering specialty, analysis and summarizing of the associated concepts.
C.II Engineering skills: proficiency in nuclear engineering methods and tools in your fields of application (research, experimentation, design, operation).
C.III Cross-business skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
It is based on a training program tailored to the needs of industrial operators and built upon 7 course units (skill units) described in the title reference package.

The course units are as follows:
CU1 Radiation and materials
CU2 Introduction to reactor physics
CU3 Reactor physics in depth
CU4 Safety of nuclear systems
CU5 Nuclear culture and business culture
CU6 Operation of pressurized water reactors
CU1-6 (academic CUs)
CU7 (professional role-playing)

    Learning methods and facilities

    Ionizing radiation detection educational laboratory
    Reactor normal and accident operation simulators
    Neutronics, radiation protection, thermal-hydraulics calculation software
    EVOC, reactor multi-modal platform combining augmented virtual reality, neutronic simulation and real-world objects (reactor console, physical hall)
    Educational platform (LMS).

    Success rate

    (past 5 years)

    96 %

    Evaluation modality

    Written, oral exams, study report and viva.

    Registration pathway

    Selection based on application Send your application form to: instn-ga-admission-inscription@cea.fr


    This link operates when the application is open.


    Partenaires académiques

    Engineering Schools with which the INSTN has signed 3rd-year mobility agreements or double diploma agreements. About 45 schools.


    Director of GA : Laurent Véron

    Educational contact

    Laurent VERON
    +33 1 69 08 22 95

    Administrative contact

    Marine GUILCHER
    +33 1 69 08 34 21

    (Mise à jour le 16 June 2023)

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