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.


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, as well as the ability to solve related introductory-level problems. 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 the global energy economy.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2022 - 09.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    No mandatory attendance at teaching sessions.

    Contact teaching (lectures and exercises): 46 h

    Independent work: 88 h

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


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II