Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Private study on DL units Preparation and submission of written assignment Additional research and private study


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Module Assessment  Written assignment of 5,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Display knowledge of the international regime for the management of nuclear power generation and its application in the UK and critically assess its relevance for environmental protection.
2. Display knowledge of the international regulatory regime for radiological protection and evaluate its effectiveness for achieving environmental protection.
3. Critically evaluate the environmental impacts of each stage of the nuclear fuel cycle and assess the effectiveness of existing laws and regulations for addressing any negative impacts.
4. Display knowledge of the technical and ethical issues related to long term management of radioactive waste and evaluate socio-legal approaches applied by a range of nuclear states.
5. Critically assess the effect of the international regime on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons on the development of nuclear power in a range of nuclear and non-nuclear states.

Brief description

Nuclear power is increasingly being promoted as a low carbon source of energy. The increased cost of fossil fuels and issues of security of energy supply add to the attraction. This module will enable students to study the legal regime governing the nuclear power cycle from mining of the ore through operation of the power stations to management of the radioactive waste generated and to consider the policy issues from an environmental perspective.


1. Nuclear Power Generation
2. Radiological Protection
3. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
4. Radioactive Waste Management
5. Non-proliferation issues


This module is at CQFW Level 7