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Learn nuclear energy with online courses and programs

Nuclear energy harnesses the power of the atom to light up our cities and fuel our industries. Learn nuclear energy with online courses delivered through edX.

What is nuclear energy? 

Nuclear energy is the powerful energy released from the nucleus of an atom, either through the process of splitting atoms (fission) or fusing them together (fusion). Commonly used in power plants, this energy is transformed into electricity, without emitting greenhouse gasses during production.

Many nations use nuclear reactors to build a sustainable energy grid and support other energy sources like natural gas or solar power. Nuclear energy is a relatively clean energy and can help reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels, but it comes with its own dangers. Understanding the process can help put humanity on the path to safer, more efficient renewable energy.

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Nuclear energy course curriculum

Nuclear energy is still a viable pathway to sustainable energy grids across the world, but new research can help make it safer and more reliable. Learning what you need to know about the physics of energy production and the implementation of nuclear energy in the real world can get you started on a career in sustainable energy. Topics learners may study include the fundamentals of nuclear energy, or how to deploy the technology in the safest way within today’s regulations. More advanced topics could include radioactivity, nuclear reactions, and the future of nuclear energy.

Learning about nuclear energy can supplement your knowledge of sustainable energy sources. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore nuclear energy jobs

As an exciting sector in the alternative energies industry, the nuclear energy industry offers a diverse range of job opportunities spanning scientific, technical, managerial, and support roles. Some of these may include:

  • Nuclear engineer: Designs, operates, and maintains nuclear reactors.

  • Nuclear physicist: Researches atoms and nuclear reactions.

  • Nuclear technician: Assists nuclear engineers and physicists.

  • Nuclear power reactor operator: Operates the equipment in a nuclear power plant.

  • Nuclear safety inspector: Ensures everything is maintained safely and securely.

More general careers that could also specialize in the nuclear energy sector include project manager, environmental consultant, or research scientist. Build the knowledge and skills you need with edX. 

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