Master in Nuclear Security

Delft University of Technology

Tuition fee:
  • € 1,835 / Year (EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 16 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The growing need for electricity
Nuclear power is getting renewed attention worldwide, because it can accommodate the growing need for electricity. It is also a result of a strategy towards an energy mix, and used to reduce the dependency on foreign power sources. Nuclear power has demonstrated to be a reliable approach to achieve the CO2-emission reduction goals. The demand for nuclear energy is still growing worldwide, both in countries with extensive experience in nuclear programmes as well as in countries with limited or no nuclear activity. In addition, the use of radioactive substances in nuclear medicine and in industry (e.g. for non-destructive testing, gamma irradiation) is also still increasing and as such the number of such nuclear facilities worldwide.

Technology and procedures are evolving
At the same time we have become aware of the continuing threat and potential harmful acts with nuclear material. Governments must ensure that its nuclear facilities are safely operated and protected, supported by a sufficient number of experts, trained and qualified in the field of nuclear security. The nuclear security technology and procedures develop at an increasing pace. In addition, nuclear security technology and procedures are evolving at an increasing pace, increasing the need for experts with state-of-the-art knowledge.

The Masters
The Masters in Nuclear Security provides a broad overview of the entire risk area. The scope of the course includes prevention and planning, detection of and response to unauthorized access, theft, sabotage, illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities. The Masters programme aims at delivering security nuclear managers with the ability of finding synergy in thinking between hazard-risks, security methodology and corporate governance on strategic and tactic organisation level.

Benefits
* Graduates are able to give, formulate and manage the policy and strategy for security risk management of the entire nuclear security area within a facility
* A cost-effective way of educating and rewarding strategic talent
* Mould participants into innovative leaders of the future
* The final thesis will be linked to the participants organisation
* Organisations will have access to research at TU Delft
* Organisations will benefit from the Master of Nuclear Security

Contents

The Masters integrated programme provides education in state-of-the-art practice science and technology. The education is enhanced by the use of innovative instruments such as social media, Skype, electronic learning systems for distance learning, video-conferencing and serious gaming. In addition, the participants provide an opportunity of education, training and collaboration in an international and intercultural environment. The technical approach is largely based on the contents of IAEA document NSS-12 and the learning material of International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN). The most important difference with this Masters is the European nuclear security approach and a more common global way of thinking about security.

Expected Outcomes
Graduates are able to formulate and manage the policy and strategy for security risk management of the entire nuclear security area within a facility. This applies to employees of nuclear installations, nuclear security officers in national authorities, such as Ministries of Justice, Finance Health and Environment, police and intelligence services and regulatory authorities.

Educational methodology
Modules are given in different countries and consist of lectures and interactive workshops, based on practical assignments, discussions, simulations and learning goals. The theory taught in lectures will be applied in assignments and group work. These dynamics ensure a balance between knowledge, skills and abilities, underpinning the professionalism of the participant. The collaborative learning is stimulated as our participants have different professional and cultural backgrounds.

Several visits
The modules will be given in several countries and we are planning several visits to nuclear plants, hospitals and logistics centres.

Germany
The first module will be held in Germany. Within those two weeks we deal with the Introduction to nuclear security, the International and national legal framework for nuclear security, the International nuclear approach and Threat intelligence. We also discuss the topic Threat assessment and Academic Skills.

Austria
The second semester is in Austria. The three topics in these two weeks are Nuclear energy, nuclear fuel cycle and applications, Effects of radiation, safety and radiation protection and Physical protection systems design & evaluation.

Netherlands
The third module is conducted in the Netherlands. The two topics during this module are Physical protection technologies and equipment, Methods and instruments for nuclear and other radioactive material measurements.

Austria
The fourth module is in Austria again. Here, the special topics are detection of criminal or unauthorized acts involving nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control and the topic Interdiction of, and response to, criminal or unauthorized acts involving nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control.

Germany
The fifth module is in Germany and deals with (Integrated) Security Management, Security Governance, Security Policy, Plan, Audit and Information/IT/cyber security.

Netherlands
The last module is in the Netherlands as well. In those two weeks we will have a lot of topics. Security of nuclear and other radioactive material in transport. Crisis Management, security issues in crisis management, BCP, integration in security and risk management. Human Factor, Security Culture, Ethics. Crime scene investigation and forensic techniques.

Requirements

The Masters programme is intended for people who are responsible for the overall security in the radiologic or nuclear field; people who work from overview of the risk landscape, leading specialists in the field of security or public safety; people who advise to decision makers who also determine the strategy of the company or organisation, or people looking to switch to nuclear security from another technical discipline.

You will be trained to serve as nuclear security officers in national authorities, such as Ministries of Justice, Finance Health an Environment, police and intelligence services and regulatory authorities. And also pursue careers in nuclear related companies managing and carrying out nuclear security measures.

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Delft TopTech is a TU Delft subsidiary, and every one of its programmes meets the strict standards and accreditation requirements set by TU Delft.

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