Contact: Garnette Roberts

Senior Graduate Program Coordinator

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

(734) 615-8810

1916 Cooley

Graduate students may choose from a wide range of integrated research and instructional programs that span nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, including advanced nuclear power plants, nuclear safety applications, advanced fuel cycles, radiation effects, advanced materials, plasma science and engineering, medical and health applications, and national security applications.

Each student focuses on one of four areas, with the option to specialize in scientific computing or mathematics as well.

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Scientific Computing requirements

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Fission systems and radiation transport

Members of the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory work on various projects in the research group's main facility in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering building on North Campus in Ann Arbor, MI on January 15, 2013. Photo: Joseph Xu

Fission systems and radiation transport are the keys to the hearts of nuclear reactors. Knowledge of these areas is important for designing advanced reactors and better fuel. View research program or student guide.


Arranging samples in MIBL. Photo: Joseph Xu

Understanding how radiation affects materials is crucial for developing better materials for building nuclear reactor components and for maintaining existing reactors as they age. View research program or student guide.

Radiation measurements and imaging

Electronics for processing radiation images, Zhong He’s lab. Photo: Joseph Xu

While radiation measurements and imaging are important in medical diagnostics and nuclear power plant settings, they are of increasing interest to governments seeking to keep weapons-grade nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists and rogue states. View research program or student guide.

New! Medical Physics Certificate Program

Medical physics is a discipline involving the application of physics to biology and medicine. The clinical practice of medical physics, for medical diagnosis and therapy, involves the application of both ionizing and nonionizing radiation to patients. Current US standards of professional practice require medical physicists to complete structured clinical training and either have graduated from accredited graduate programs or obtain a certificate approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics  Education Programs (CAMPEP).

View research program.

Plasmas and nuclear fusion

Experiment for water purification, John Foster’s lab. Photo: Joseph Xu

Plasmas have a range of potential applications, from space propulsion to water purification. Researchers at U-M continue to make progress on the challenges of igniting and controlling nuclear fusion. View research program or student guide.