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Karishma PatelKarishma Patel gained a 1stclass degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, Canada before joining the course.  She has now started a PhD in Nuclear Waste Materials at the University of Cambridge.

Karishma says “a challenging, but rewarding MPhil, that will equip graduates with the tools necessary to excel in any division of the nuclear industry or pursue in academia.”


Miles Hawley studied at the University of Leeds gaining a BSc Physics with Astrophysics.  Following the Nuclear Energy MPhil Course he travelled and is now applying for jobs with large International Energy companies.Miles Hawley

Miles said “The Nuclear Energy MPhil Course is an extremely challenging and interesting course that really encompassess all aspects of Nuclear Energy.”




Jonathan ParkinsonJonathan Parkinson obtained a 2.1 in Engineering Physics from Loughborough University.  After the Nuclear Energy MPhil Course he took a job as an engineer in the Next Generation Submarines at Rolls-Royce.

He describes the course as “a fantastic introduction into the nuclear sector that allows you both to broaden your knowledge whilst pursuing personal interests.”


Leyang XuLeyang Xu (Leon) Leon obtained a degree in Electrical and Electronics from Birmingham University.  After the Nuclear Energy MPhil Course he took a job at Ping An – a Property & Casualty Insurance Company in China. 

“I am finding my first job interesting and everything is going very well.  2013 is expected to be a busy year for us, as the construction work of several new nuclear power stations in China is starting. This will be a great chance to me to learn the nuclear insurance business well.”


Chenbo Wang Chenbo obtained a Physics Degree from the University of Shandong

Chenbo Wang“I applied for this MPhil course with the hope of obtaining certain depth of understanding on nuclear energy, and to see for myself whether nuclear energy is a competitive clean energy source compared to solar, wind, CCS etc. I am now a DPhil student at Oxford investigating solar catalytic water-splitting for hydrogen energy. The NE course not only provided the essential knowledge required in the field of civil nuclear but I was also able to get more out of it by personalizing my electives on different areas of interest such as electro-chemistry and solar energy. The final project also helped to consolidate everything that has been taught and gave me the opportunity to do something enjoyable.”

Peter HusemeyerPete Husemeyer studied at the University of Cape Town where he obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and then an MSc, also in Mechanical Engineering.  He then came to Cambridge and started the Nuclear Energy MPhil Course.

“I believe that my time in the Nuclear MPhil can be best summarised by Mr Chris Ball, Director of Nuclear at Atkins, who said that we learned in one year what it takes most people in industry five years to learn!”

Pete enjoyed his time in the Nuclear MPhil so much that he decided to stay on at Cambridge and pursue a PhD in Nuclear Engineering.  He is currently working with the CNEC, the Centre for Space Nuclear Research and NASA on a Nuclear Thermal Rocket engine design which uses low enriched uranium.

Chin Chee TanChin Chee Tan obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, followed by a BEng in Mechanical Engineering before coming to Cambridge to join the MPhil in Nuclear Energy course.  He says of the NE MPhil Course “It is a comprehensive course covering the entire spectrum of the nuclear industry, from the technical aspects to the policy issues affecting the

Industry.  We all gained a useful appreciation of the nuclear industry.”

Chin Chee is now working as a graduate trainee engineer in Lloyd's Register EMEA energy sector.


Haolong Fan

Haolong Fan studied at the University of Birmingham and obtained a First Class BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.  He also obtained a BSc in Microelectronics whilst at Birmingham as part of a collaboration between Birmingham University and Fudan University in China.

Haolong says of the NE Mphil Course “It is a good introductory course to set foot in the nuclear area and paved the way for my future career.”

He is currently working for China's State Nuclear Power Technology Company as a researcher for AP1000&CAP1400 technologies.

Xiaxin Wu


Xiaxin Wu obtained a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cardiff University, before commencing the Nuclear Energy MPhil.  Xiaxin said about the course “the Nuclear Energy MPhil course not only enabled us to gain a deeper insight into aspects of NPPs, it also helped prepare us for a future career in Nuclear Energy.


Christopher HarringtonChris Harrington obtained a 1st class degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University, studying modules in physics and maths.  Commenting on the MPhil he said “it provided a truly in-depth understanding of the many multi-disciplinary aspects of nuclear technology, alongside excellent insight into the workings of the industry as a whole.  Perhaps most revealing is the fact that I now use the skills and technical knowledge I gained through the MPhil every day in my role at CCFE.”

Chris is a Technology Programme Manager at the Culham Centre for Fusion.

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