School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

​UNENE - University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering

The Qinshan Nuclear Generating Station - Canadian Technology in China (photo courtesy of AECL)

Program Contact

Ms Jane Davies
Graduate Studies Assistant
Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering,
McLaughlin Hall,
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, K7L 3N6,

Phone: 613.533.6928,
UNENE website:

The Qinshan Nuclear Generating Station - Canadian Technology in China
(photo courtesy of AECL)

Program Overview

UNENE is an industry-university partnership which supplies highly-qualified graduates, supports nuclear research and creates respected university-based experts. Research and education are the two tools used in this mission. The UNENE Master’s of Engineering (M.Eng.) is the formal academic degree offered through the program.

The UNENE M.Eng. is a joint-university program, course-based, consisting of 10 courses, or 8 courses plus a project. The courses span most of the specific science and engineering used in nuclear power. Three of the ten courses can be Business Courses from Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI). The project is normally co-sponsored by the student’s employer and one of the universities. The M.Eng. is accredited by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance (OUCQA). The courses are graduate level in content and expectations. 

The courses are offered by McMaster, Queen’s, Waterloo, Western and UOIT. The whole program is geared to the working professional. Each course is given on four alternate weekends, and consists of about 40 hours contact time plus 100 hours homework. Students are formally evaluated via assignments, tests and exams and their marks become part of their university academic record. The M.Eng. is not like industry training — it is university education at the graduate level, with commensurate effort and accomplishments

Benefits to Students

  • Almost all graduates have told us how much their horizons have been broadened, and that they now better understand the context of the job they are doing.
  • Many students view a UNENE M.Eng. as preparation for their next job with their company i.e., it makes them better candidates for internal postings.
  • At least one employer explicitly recognizes the benefit of the UNENE M.Eng. in its job postings.

Benefits to Employers

  • The UNENE graduates become natural mentors for more junior employees.
  • Their work will be higher quality because they know disciplines outside their own area, and can understand how their work is used.
  • The employer has greater flexibility in placing UNENE graduates because of their broader knowledge. In the longer term they become good candidates for promotion.
  • The graduates have already demonstrated capability for hard work, self-discipline, learning and self-motivation.

In order to take any of the UNENE courses the student must be registered as a graduate student at one of the UNENE universities.  For Queen’s University, the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) is the sponsoring department.  Interested students should contact the MME Graduate Program Assistant for registration details.  

Method of Completion

10 courses 

Available Courses

Required Core Courses

  • Nuclear Power Plant Systems and Operations
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Reactor Safety Design
  • Nuclear Reactor Heat Transport System Design

Choose Six from the Following:

  • Control, Instrumentation and Electrical Systems
  • Nuclear Fuel Waste Management
  • Project Management for Nuclear Engineers
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability
  • Power Plant Thermodynamics
  • Operational Health Physics
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Fuel Management
  • Reactor Chemistry and Corrosion
  • Nuclear Fuel Management
  • Up to three business courses from the ADMI program  (see )
  • Engineering Project (counts as two courses)  ​
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

It is expected that most UNENE program participants will receive full or partial financial sponsorship from their employer. Participants who do not have employer sponsorship are welcome to apply for admission and are expected to cover program costs personally. At the present time there are no scholarship, financial awards, fellowships or bursaries available through UNENE or through partner universities for the UNENE program. The UNENE Program is not suitable for international students.

Academic Prerequisites

An honours Bachelors degree in Applied Science or Engineering with a B (73%-76.9% or GPA 3.0)

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.


IELTS minimum score of 7.0

Key Dates and Deadlines

There is no deadline for application.  Applications are accepted at any time of the year.

General Enquiries

Please contact the UNENE Program Director fo general enquiries
Victor Snell
UNENE Program Director
Adjunct Professor, Engineering Physics
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA L8S 4L7
Tel: (905) 525-9140 x 20168

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - M.Eng (96 KB)

Grad Maps

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