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Master 2 Nuclear Energy - NRPE

Nuclear reactor physics and engineering (NRPE)

Business sector: Energy sectorNuclear industry
Entrance dregree: Bac + 4
Pathways: Academic FormationContinuing professionnal developmentVAE
Diploma issuer: Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech (anciennement ENCP)Institut polytechnique de ParisUniversité Paris-SaclayUniversité Paris Sciences et Lettres
Mention : Ingénierie Nucléaire


NRPE is a deep training in the field of the Reactor Physics. Such a training suits to operate and optimize the current nuclear fleet, to develop and to set up the 3th generation of reactors (EPR…), to design and to develop the IV Generation reactors.

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  • Ingineer for nuclear industy
  • PhD

Employability rate


6 months after diplomation (average over 5 years)

Entrance requirement

To be eligible you have to get a M1 level (240 ECTS) or equivalent (French Engineer Schools).

You need to have validated Nuclear Physics, Heat transfert and Fluid Mechanism, Quantum Mechanics courses.

Learning outcomes

Improve the safety: reactor design, reactor operation (normal, incidental, accidental and post-accidental situations).

Build and optimize the advanced reactors.

Build and optimize new storage capacities, containers for transport.

Design of the innovative reactors: SMR, Gen IV.

Reduce the radiotoxicity associated with the minor actinides.

Operate a reactors fleet by taking the new mix-energy context into account.

Training description

Introduction to Safety (12h),

Criticality-Safety (12h),

Fuctional Description of a PWR (24h),

Radiation Protection (30h),

Fuel cycles and Reactor Systems (27h),

Energy Transition and flexibility (15h).

Nuclear Physics (42h),

Material for nuclear (42h),

Neutronics (100h),


Reactor Physics & Simulation (27h),

Multiphysics and Uncertainties (15h).

5-month internship.

    Learning methods and facilities

    Hands-on experience (80h). Use of nuclear calculation codes (Cathare, Flica, Apollo, Tripoli), simulator of reactor functioning (SOFIA), Enhanced Virtual Opem Core (EVOC), SEM, XRD, multi-ion beam irradiation platform (JANNuS), Radiation Protection platform.

    Technical visits: Nuclear Power Plant, Fuel fabrication plant, CEA and EDF R&D facilities.

    Tutorials with a strong participation.

    Success rate

    (over 12 years)


    Evaluation modality

    Exams and Continuous Assessment.

    Registration pathway

    Les inscriptions au M2 doivent être effectuées sur la plateforme de candidature en ligne de l'université Paris-Saclay.


    Online on the UPSay website from January to July.


    Partenaires académiques

    Le MNE est opéré par un consortium d'établissements d'enseignement supérieur

    Partenaires entreprises

    Le MNE bénéficie de la participation des industriels et organismes du secteur dans les enseignement et dans l'encadrement des stages.



    Educational contact

    Pascal DANNUS
    +33 1 69 08 90 03

    Administrative contact

    Irfana GUELAH

    (Mise à jour le 13 April 2023)

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