Dr AJ Mitchel working in the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

Master of Science in Nuclear Science(Advanced option available)

Degree overview

The Australian National University is the only Australian university that offers postgraduate education in nuclear science. Nuclear science is becoming an important field that crosses fields such as medical physics, mining, defence, security, policy as well as the classic field of physics.

The program will cover the basics of nuclear science, nuclear energy and medicine, materials analysis and dating techniques. There is a combination of course work, projects in both individual and group settings. Develop your own opinions and a position on nuclear energy with the background you need to do so.

What you'll learn

Master of Science in Nuclear Science

The Master of Science in Nuclear Science has a strong core focusing on:

  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Reactor Science
  • Accelerators and their Application
  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Radiation
  • Nuclear Measurement
  • Special Project

It allows you to explore broader related topics covering nuclear strategy, science communication, qualitative research methods for sustainability, human ecology, complex environmental problems, human futures, and environmental policy.

Through this program you will also develop a critical understanding of the role of science in society, a vital skill that will enable you to identify, communicate and respond to societal needs and global challenges.

Advanced program

The Advanced program provides you with the opportunity to extend your practical, coursework experience in precision nuclear science with the development and implementation of a research projects supervised by an academic. You will be required to develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and completion of a dissertation. It is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU.

Student experience

Nuclear Science graduate, Ken Maxwell

Meet the nuclear scientist in a business suit

"Nuclear knowledge, related to mining, storage and defence, is going to be more and more in demand in Australia over the next five to twenty years.”

Linac Hall in the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

Use cutting-edge equipment in the laboratories of the Australian Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility, with many opportunities to undertake laboratory-based training.

Make the most of industry expertise

Tony Irwin has commissioned and operated nine nuclear reactors, including Australia’s only nuclear reactor, OPAL. He's also your lecturer.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of your teachers

Professor Gregory Lane

Greg’s primary research interest revolves around attempts to understand the structure of exotic nuclei far from stability, particularly the discovery and characterisation of metastable nuclear excited states and investigations into collective modes of excitation in nuclei. This research employs large arrays of silicon and germanium semiconductor detectors for time-correlated gamma-ray and electron coincidence spectroscopy, with a focus on methods of identifying weakly populated nuclei that are difficult to access using conventional techniques.


Our graduates work in:

  • fundamental (university) and applied (medicine/industrial) research
  • regulatory roles in the commercial (mining) and government (radiation protection, customs, security) sectors
  • analyst and policy roles in government.

They also occupy senior roles across a range of private companies and government departments.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & Scholarships

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Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

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ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check domestic admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Gather supporting documents

If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.

You can still apply before you complete your bachelor degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.

Submit an application

Start your application on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

Receive an offer

All offers are made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Start your application on the ANU Admissions website.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!


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