Free Online Course on Understanding Nuclear Energy

Delft University of Technology is offering free online course on Understanding Nuclear Energy. The course requires university level mathematics and physics.

In this nuclear energy course, applicants will learn the science and technology behind nuclear energy and the special features of this energy source. The course will start on October 4, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length:  6 weeks
Effort:  4-6 hours/week
Subject: Physics
Institution: Delft University of Technology and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $49
Session:  Course Starts on October 4, 2016

Providers’ Details

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands. Our research is inspired by the desire to increase fundamental understanding, as well as by societal challenges. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers so they will become engineers capable of solving complex problems. Our students have chosen Delft University of Technology because of our reputation for quality education and research.

About This Course

In this nuclear energy course, University will tackle provocative questions such as:

  • Is nuclear energy a good substitute for fossil fuels to reduce our CO2 emission or not?
  • Can nuclear reactors operate safely without any harm to the public and environment?
  • How much nuclear waste is produced and how long does it need to be stored safely?
  • How can we make nuclear energy clean and more sustainable?
  • How much are nuclear energy costs?

Why Take This Course?

Applicants will learn the physics behind nuclear science, how to gain energy from nuclear fission, how nuclear reactors operate safely, and the life cycle of nuclear fuel: from mining to disposal. In the last part of the course, we will focus on what matters most in the public debate: the economic and social impact of nuclear energy but also the future of energy systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • The basics of nuclear science and nuclear energy
  • The operating principles of nuclear reactors
  • The various steps in the nuclear fuel cycle
  • The differences between current and future reactors
  • The pros and cons of nuclear energy


University level mathematics and physics


Rudy Konings

In 1999, Rudy joined the Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe (Germany) of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Jan-Leen Kloosterman

Jan-Leen is a professor in nuclear reactor physics at TU Delft. His personal expertise is on reactor core design of advanced nuclear reactors, like the High Temperature gas-cooled Reactor and the Molten Salt Reactor.

Stefaan Pommé

Stefaan is currently employed as a scientist by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, in Geel, Belgium.

Victor Hugo Sánchez Espinoza

Victor Hugo is the head of the Group Rector Physics and Dynamics (RPD) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Project Leader Light Water Reactor Safety and Methods at KIT.

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