CINCH_approved_100x91.jpgA personal certificate that qurantee that the holder has a minimum knowledge of Nuclear and Radiochemistry (NRC) can be issued by universities that fulfill the criteria specified in the document “Minimum Requirements for the EuroMaster Degree in Nuclear and Radiochemistry” as prepared by the EU project "Cooperation in Education and Training in Europe (CINCH)". This right to issue this certificate, called "EuroMaster in Nuclear and Radiochemistry" or "NRC EuroMaster" is granted by the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Division of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS NRC Division).

The intention with the NRC EuroMaster certificate/label is that employers and other institutions will recognice it as a quality label and thus can be certain that the holder has at least knowledge and training equal to the Minimum Requirements specification. Having received the EuroMaster label should be a plus on any candidates CV and students looking for an education in NRC should seek out universities that grant this label.

Structure of a EuroMaster in Nuclear and Radiochemistry (NRC) Program

The master’s program should contain at least 60 ECTS credit units (cu) studies in nuclear and radiochemistry in the following way:
  • BSc in chemistry 180 cu
  • Compulsory studies in nuclear and radiochemistry minimum 25 cu (of which at least 10 cu exercises)
  • Optional studies in nuclear and radiochemistry minimum 5 cu
  • Project work and master’s thesis in nuclear and radiochemistry minimum 30 cu
  • Remaining cu is elective

In total the BSc and MSc programs should add up to 300 cu. For master’s programs having an different size than 120 cu the workload of nuclear and radiochemistry studies should be equivalent to at least 60 cu.

The NRC EuroMaster Label Requirements

On completion of the NRC EuroMaster program at any university holding the right to grant the label the student should have the following knowledge, abilities and skills:
  • Subject knowledge:
    • Recall the underlying principles of nuclear and radiochemistry
    • Explain the main practical aspects of nuclear and radiochemistry
  • Abilities and skills:
    • Perform essential radiochemistry related calculations
    • Work safely in a radiochemistry laboratory
    • Perform chemical reactions including radionuclides
    • Use a range of radiation measurement techniques
    • Handle radioactive materials safely
    • Identify the hazards pertaining to a radionuclide

The Minimum Requirement document specify in great detail the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

The European NRC Network

A European Network on Nuclear and Radiochemistry Education and Training (European NRC Network) has been formed to collaborate and enhance teaching in Nuclear and Radiochemistry (NRC). ThisEuropean NRC Network currently (October 2015) consist of
  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
  • Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz University, Hannover, Germany
  • University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • National Nuclear Laboratory, UK
  • Comissariat á L’énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives, France

Within this network a NRC EuroMaster Group will be formed by the universities that fulfill the “Minimum Requirements for the EuroMaster Degree in Nuclear and Radiochemistry” and that were granted the right to award NRC EuroMaster label to their students.

Several universities has applied for the right to grant the NRC EuroMaster label. They will be listed here as soon as they have been approved.

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