Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course provides the student with basic tools for solving problems related to radioactive decay, neutron statics and kinetics, and heat transfer in nuclear reactors. After completing the course, the student should have a good general knowledge of the basic physics, operating principles and structure of a nuclear reactor and of the main components and steam process of a nuclear power plant. In addition, the student should gain basic knowledge on nuclear safety, nuclear fuel production, fuel cycles, waste handling and the role of nuclear energy as a part of global energy economy.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 04.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Seppo Sipilä

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Seppo Sipilä

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Introduction to nuclear reactor physics and engineering, fuel cycle, safety and some special issues on nuclear power.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Final exam or two mid-term exams. Additional points are available for homework exercises.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching: 48 h

    Independent work: 76 h

    Exams: 3 h (final exam) or 6 h (two mid-term exams)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lamarsh, Baratta: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering (3rd ed.)

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course replaces courses PHYS-E0462 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and PHYS-E6463 Introduction to Nuclear Reactors.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Mathematical skills for solving ordinary differential equations.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    13 Climate Action



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