I would like to become a nuclear scientist. How do I reach my goal? Can I go abroad for further studies | Kalvimalar - News

I would like to become a nuclear scientist. How do I reach my goal? Can I go abroad for further studies- 8-Feb-2008

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It is rare instance to find a student who is able to focus on a career like nuclear science. The word nuclear is commonly associated with either nuclear weapons or nuclear energy. But the scope of nuclear science in much wider and has applications in fields ranging from power generation, space research, medicine, agriculture, pest control, food irradiation, biotechnology, archeology, water resources development and hydrology and many such research streams for the benefit of mankind.

As such there are a wide range of specializations within the nuclear science field. The common fields of study are Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Engineering. It is advisable to complete Masters and further apply for research study in foreign universities.
To enter the field of nuclear science you should have a good grounding in Physics. So you could start with an UG degree in Physics. At the PG level there are different relevant specializations like nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, space physics, solid-state physics, electronics and theoretical physics. After finishing you could take up research leading to PhD in Nuclear Physics.
Nuclear engineering is not a common branch of engineering in India and it is available only at the PG level in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Nuclear engineers generally involve themselves in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants, generation of nuclear power, propelling nuclear submarines, power space systems, handling nuclear fuels, the safe disposal of radioactive wastes, using radioactive isotopes for medicinal purposes etc.
Nuclear chemistry is offered as a three-year M Sc programme at Andra University, Visakhapatnam 530 003.


The Institute which offer programs in Nuclear Science are as follows:


  • M Sc Space Physics, Andhra University, Waltair, Vishakapatanam 530 003.
  • M Sc Nuclear Physics, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 627 012.
  • M Sc Nuclear Physics, M Sc Atomic and Molecular Physics, M Sc Electronic and Solid State Physics, Karnataka University, Pavate Nagar, Dharwad 580 003.
  • M Sc Physics, IIT- Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Madras and Roorkee
  • M Sc Physics, MPhill and PhD, University of Calicut, Kerala
  • M Sc, Nuclear Chemistry (three years) Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 530 003.
  • MTech-Nuclear Engineering, IIT, Kanpur.
  • MTech-Nuclear Science and Technology, Delhi University (DU has decided to launch an MTech course in Nuclear Science and Technology with the first intake of students expected in the academic session 2007-08)
  • PH D/Research/Dual Degree programmes, Integrated PhD in Physical Science for first class BSc Physics graduates, The Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore
  • M Sc, PhD, dual degree in Physics, IIT Kanpur
  • Undergraduate associateship/MSc/Research fellowship, The Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
  • M Phil in Nuclear Physics, University of Madras The School of Physical Sciences
  • PhD Nuclear Physics, TATA Insitute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400 005
  • PhD Nuclear Physics Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar 757 005
  • PhD Nuclear Physics Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi 110 065
  • PhD Nuclear Physics, The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
  • PhD Nuclear Science (four years programme), Nuclear Science Centre (An autonomous Inter-University Centre of UGC) New Delhi 110 067.

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