Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


Completion of the course provides the skills to understand quite profoundly nuclear reactors, the reactor core, and computing models. Of the course, the student knows the reactor core interactions in a nuclear power plant with other systems and manages the concepts on which modern reactor physics calculation is based.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 02.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jaakko Leppänen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jaakko Leppänen

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:

    The computational modeling of a nuclear fission reactor involves solving a coupled problem between neutronics, heat transfer and coolant flow. This course covers the physics and phenomena of reactor operation, together with the state-of-the-art computational methods used in reactor core simulations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Two midterm exams or a final exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 36 h, exercises 12 h, independent study 36 h, solving exercises 24 h, preparation for mid-term exams 16 h, mid-term exams 6 h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes, which are also suitable for self-study.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces the course Tfy-56.4243 Nuclear Engineering, advanced course P.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    PHYS-E0460 Introduction to Reactor Physics D, PHYS-E0462 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering or PHYS-E6463 Introduction to Nuclear Reactors or corresponding

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    13 Climate Action