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The Department of Nuclear Reactors ensures courses in the branch of nuclear engineering. Courses are focused on theoretical and experimental reactor physics, neutron applications, study of the nuclear fuel cycle and safe operation of nuclear power plants and research reactors. They also concentrate on thermodynamics, reactor dynamics and principles of heat transfer. An important part represents radiation protection and the study of biological effects of ionizing radiation.

Since the establishment of the Department in 1955 emphasis has been placed on combination of teaching with science and research. New findings and project results are integrated into courses in order to offer a high standard of instruction. Students have the opportunity to take part in running projects in the form of students´ year projects in which they learn to do systematic scientific work and to solve tasks. During their study they have the chance to work in research institutions or nuclear power companies and gain practical knowledge. Academic instruction is developed by students‘ participation in experiments at the Reactor VR-1 and in laboratories. Students are encouraged to use the tools of information technology and some up-to-date calculation computing codes in their work (neutron characteristics calculations or thermodynamic properties of systems).

The Department staff currently comprises of 25 members, two thirds of whom were academics and scientists and the rest consisted of specialists, technicians and administrative workers, the latter responsible mainly for reactor operation.