University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Nuclear Law and Regulation

This course provides a basis for countries to understanding the legal implications of embarking on a new nuclear power build programme and those in government, in regulatory bodies and future operating companies would benefit most from its content. In particular it is for legal professionals working in the nuclear sector or those looking to join the sector. It is aimed at those who have responsibilities for safety and security which mean they interface with nuclear law and regulation in their daily work. In particular workers operating in the regulators, nuclear licensees, nuclear companies and consultancies would draw great benefit from this course. It has direct relevance across the whole sector including nuclear power, nuclear waste and decommissioning, fuel reprocessing, fuel manufacture, uranium enrichment and nuclear defence sectors.

Entry requirements

Engineering Council (EC) accredited Honours degree (to IEng at UK-Spec) in any engineering subject relevant to design, construction, operation, decommissioning or waste treatment/storage in the nuclear industry; Honours degree in any scientific, engineering, technology, safety or environmental subject; Honours degree in any law, business, management, or nuclear-relevant inexact or social science (e.g. psychology) at grade 2.2 or above (or equivalent); any upper 2nd or 1st Class Honours degree (or equivalent).

Course modules

Topics covered include: International instruments (treaties, conventions, codes of conduct etc.) regarding nuclear materials, nuclear liability, nuclear accidents, safeguards, security, non-proliferation verification, will be outlined; mention will be made of the international and regional organisations relating to nuclear safety, security and safeguards; examples of differing national approaches to nuclear regulation (including prescriptive and non-prescriptive regulation) will be discussed; specific topics include: UK nuclear safety legislation; UK regulatory philosophy and strategy and risk-informed regulation (including how the regulation is applied through enforcement, inspection and assessment activities); UK NRB and how it is structured, resourced and managed; nuclear licensing; enforcement powers; emergency planning and emergency exercise organisation; NRB stakeholder engagement and communications; environmental regulation and its implementation; nuclear security governance, responsibilities and accountabilities; fundamentals for an integrated approach to nuclear safety and security; international approaches to nuclear safety regulation in foreign countries (e.g. USA and France).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 3 months

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