The Department of Nuclear Engineering is linked to POLI - UFRJ, is composed of a highly qualified faculty, with all professors with a Doctorate. The DNC is currently headed by Professor Su Jian and the Department aims to train personnel at the undergraduate level and develop basic and applied research in the nuclear area. Get to know a little more and through the links in this section, they are:


General Objectives

Train reflective, participative and active citizens, who can contribute to the improvement of the population’s quality of life and to the conservation of all forms of life on the planet, based on actions supported on ethical and legal values;
Prepare nuclear engineers to meet the demands of the labor market and meet the needs of different communities, actively participating in their socio-cultural and economic development;
Promote scientific knowledge, generate new technologies and stimulate cultural evolution, seeking to socialize the knowledge obtained by the academy, through all levels of education and means of communication;
Develop, support and stimulate teaching, research or extension activities related to the solution of scientific and technological problems;
Contribute so that the various institutions of the community reach levels of excellence in the development of their activities, producing cultural, scientific and technological benefits that are reverted in favor of the whole society.

Specific Objectives

The Nuclear Engineering Course at the Polytechnic School of UFRJ aims to train an engineer with a solid technical, scientific and general professional foundation that will enable him to absorb and develop new technologies, stimulating his critical and creative performance in identifying and solving problems, considering their political, economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects, always with an ethical and humanistic vision in meeting the demands of society.

This trained nuclear engineer will be able to work in the nuclear industry, either in the exploration of minerals relevant to the generation of electrical energy in nuclear reactors, or in the analysis and development of new nuclear reactor projects, as well as in the application of nuclear radiation to the most diverse branches of economic activity, such as nuclear medicine, food preservation, preservation of works of art, non-destructive testing of structures, etc.

Skills and Abilities

  • Have a scientific culture in order to be able to actively participate in problems with professionals from other areas;
  • Communicate well in oral and written form;
  • Know how to produce numerical and graphical syntheses of data;
  • Master a foreign language, preferably English, at least at the reading level;
  • Have managerial skills;
  • Perform basic and applied research in the different areas of Nuclear Engineering;
  • Establish relations between science, technology and society;
  • Commit to constant professional development, assuming the availability of flexibility and availability for continuous changes.

Graduate Student Profile

The egress student, in addition to solid engineering knowledge and a systemic view of his problems, will have developed a critical and creative spirit, which imbues him with a strong ethical and humanistic stance that is increasingly necessary in all areas of knowledge, as well as enabling for the multi and interdisciplinary management of the Nuclear Engineer’s duties.

The high-quality theoretical and practical training in their education will enable graduates to exercise technical leadership activities in the industrial, governmental and consultancy areas, directly reaching government agencies, public and private companies, non-governmental organizations, as well as, in general, professionals for the autonomous exercise of their activities.

In general, graduates from the Nuclear Engineering course at the Polytechnic School of UFRJ must acquire, during their apprenticeship, technical and scientific competence to deal with engineering issues involving:

  • Synthesis and problem analysis capability;
  • Identification, formulation and solution of engineering problems;
  • Ability to plan, monitor and execute projects;
  • Ability to search for cause and effect relationships relevant to Nuclear Engineering;
  • Ability to evaluate the interactions between engineering actions with the environment;
  • Perception of control over the use of environmental resources;
  • Mastering of support techniques and tools applicable to nuclear and environmental management;
  • Mastering of intervention techniques for the mitigation and remediation of environmental impacts;
  • Mastering of actions to conserve natural resources;
  • Mastering of the systemic approach in the processes of formulation and evaluation of development projects.

Course profile is presented from the point of view of principles and foundations of the theoretical-methodological conception and of the general guidelines for the methodological development of teaching.

Principles and Foundations of Theoretical-Methodological Conception

The structure of the course is organized based on the following principles:

  • Basic training with a high scientific and technical level;
  • Training that allows students to develop their general culture and operate in an environment where both technical and scientific knowledge and training in the human and economic fields are important;
  • Professional training with polytechnic knowledge in thermal, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, in addition to energy savings and environmental preservation;
  • Professional training courses offered from the first period;
  • Multidisciplinarity, characterized by the offer of disciplines from different areas;
  • Solid theoretical training, developing the ability to understand Nuclear Engineering as an applied science, in order to be able to actively participate in discussions about problems with professionals from other areas;
  • Basic training of a generalist nature, with multi and interdisciplinary structuring, allowing the articulation between the activities that make up the curricular proposal;
  • Stimulating activities that socialize the knowledge produced by the faculty and students, affirming the inseparability between teaching, research and extension;
  • Encouragement of complementary activities, with emphasis on scientific initiation, extension, monitoring and participation in academic, scientific and cultural events;
  • Integration of theory with practice in a flexible way for the development of competences and skills that lead the student to search, interpret, analyze and select information, identify relevant problems and carry out research projects through solid technical foundation.

General Guidelines for Methodological Development of Teaching

The Nuclear Engineering Course has a conventional duration of five years. In order to graduate,the student must take 4225 hours, distributed as follows:

  • Mandatory courses – 2880 hours;
  • Optional Academic Activities (conditional choices) – minimum 480 hours;
  • Optional Free Choice Activities – minimum of 60 hours;
  • Optional Academic Activities (Group 1 – Human) – 60 hours;
  • Optional Academic Activities (Group 2 – ACE) – 405 hours;
  • Supplementary curricular requirement “Graduation Project” – (180 hours);
  • Supplementary curricular requirement “Mandatory Internship” – (160 hours);

The compulsory subjects comprise the basic training subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry, informatics) which are essentially the same as the Polytechnic School already teaches to other Engineering courses; general training subjects (social, economic and administration sciences and environmental sciences), in this case with a broader set in relation to current courses; in addition to specific Nuclear Engineering training courses.

Optional academic activities (conditional choice) and optional free choice activities allow the student to tailor the course to their particular peculiarities. In the set of optional (conditioned) subjects, these are offered in order to expand the Nuclear Engineering course in the sense of an energy engineering course, or that expand the technical and / or managerial skills of students.

The supplementary curricular requirements have the objective of allowing the student to integrate the diverse knowledge acquired in the different disciplines, apply them in the solution of real problems (or very close to reality) and seek to solve them as a team and also generating adequate technical documentation.