Study track: Applied Chemistry and Processes of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (CPACCN)

The Chemistry Department offers a vocational Bachelor’s degree specialised in the chemistry of materials and procedures applied to the nuclear fuel cycle. The main aim is to train middle managers who are highly qualified regarding materials and their industrial applications in the nuclear sector. The relevant industrial sectors are: chemistry, materials, energy and the environment.

Thanks to the Vocational Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, you can become a true expert in different fields and learn how to:

  • Master the basic creation of inorganic materials.
  • Master techniques for characterising and studying physicochemical properties of prepared materials.
  • Work in a regulated environment.
  • Master communication techniques in order to write about technical topics and conduct meetings and interviews.
  • Master written and oral expression in English (both everyday and technical vocabulary).
  • Use different digital tools and bibliographical databases.
  • Analyse and synthesise data in order to exploit it.
  • Lead a research and development mission in collaboration with a project manager.
  • Work alone, with a team or in a leadership position.
  • Develop reasonings through critical thinking.
  • Step back from a situation, self-evaluate and challenge oneself.
  • Make sure the rules on hygiene and safety are being followed, along with the quality and environmental standards.

This degree provides access to the different industrial and research sectors surrounding conventional energies, the nuclear industry and materials.

Subjects:

  • Physical chemistry: chemistry of atoms (molecular geometry, hybridisation…), chemical solutions, d-block and f-block coordination chemistry;
  • Physical chemistry of materials: inorganic chemistry (glass, metals, silica, hybrid materials), creation (solids, chemical solutions…), ceramics (manufaction, applications…), characterisation techniques (microscope techniques (SEM, TEM..), analysis techniques (XRD, X-ray fluorescence …) thermal analysis techniques (DTA, TGA, DSC…);
  • Applications in the nuclear field: nuclear fuel cycle, material separation and isolation, extraction and separation procedures, radioactivity (ionising radiation, measuring methods, short and long-term effects…) ;
  • Communication, language, corporate culture: written and oral communication; conducting interviews and meetings; writing technical and summary reports; management techniques for safety and projects; labour law; IT and bibliography; chemometrics and standards; English.

The course comprises 8 theoretical, technological and practical units: 150 hours of multidisciplinary teachings (business knowledge, labour law, English…) + 300 hours worth of classes specific to the study track (physicochemistry and processes of the nuclear fuel cycle).

Around 2 to 3 weeks of individual work on a project.

You will earn 60 European credits (ECTS) upon graduating from this degree.

Work-study programme

The course starts in September and lasts a year. 

The schedule for the work-study programme is 3 to 5 weeks in class followed by 2 to 3 weeks working, before moving on to full-time work within a company from the beginning of March.

This adds up to a total of 13 weeks of training and 39 weeks working in a company.

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After the course:

The aim of the course is immediate professional integration,  the rate of further studies is below 15%.

The rate of professional integration one year after graduating is higher than 75%.