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    After some long thought and talking to my high school Chemistry teacher, I decided that I would like to study Radiochemistry and get a career in it. The problem is that I have found very little information on the subject, and I have no clue how to actually get started.

    I looked around and there is apparently a group called the NRC that is meant to work to teach people about this type of chemistry, and on the website it says that Leeds University, Loughborough University and the National Nuclear Laboratory are in the group.

    When I look at the University websites, all I can find are courses for chemistry and none for anything like radiochemistry or nuclear chemistry. I'm not really sure which course I'm meant to take to specialise in radiochemistry.

    This is probably a stupid question, but what course do I actually need to take? And if these Universities are the only ones that are offering courses on Radiochemistry, what do I do if I don't think I have the grades to get in?

    Thank you for your help
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    After some long thought and talking to my high school Chemistry teacher, I decided that I would like to study Radiochemistry and get a career in it. The problem is that I have found very little information on the subject, and I have no clue how to actually get started.

    I looked around and there is apparently a group called the NRC that is meant to work to teach people about this type of chemistry, and on the website it says that Leeds University, Loughborough University and the National Nuclear Laboratory are in the group.

    When I look at the University websites, all I can find are courses for chemistry and none for anything like radiochemistry or nuclear chemistry. I'm not really sure which course I'm meant to take to specialise in radiochemistry.

    This is probably a stupid question, but what course do I actually need to take? And if these Universities are the only ones that are offering courses on Radiochemistry, what do I do if I don't think I have the grades to get in?

    Thank you for your help
    It appears to be primarily a postgraduate or doctoral (PhD) area. You would just need a relevant undergraduate course first.

    So a BSc or MSci in Chemistry or maybe Physics or Natural Sciences.

    Its usually better to have a more general first degree before going down a more specialist path.

    What A-levels (or equivalent) are you doing?

    And I'm tagging our friends at Loughborough University for their thoughts

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    (Original post by happybunny2)
    After some long thought and talking to my high school Chemistry teacher, I decided that I would like to study Radiochemistry and get a career in it. The problem is that I have found very little information on the subject, and I have no clue how to actually get started.

    I looked around and there is apparently a group called the NRC that is meant to work to teach people about this type of chemistry, and on the website it says that Leeds University, Loughborough University and the National Nuclear Laboratory are in the group.

    When I look at the University websites, all I can find are courses for chemistry and none for anything like radiochemistry or nuclear chemistry. I'm not really sure which course I'm meant to take to specialise in radiochemistry.

    This is probably a stupid question, but what course do I actually need to take? And if these Universities are the only ones that are offering courses on Radiochemistry, what do I do if I don't think I have the grades to get in?

    Thank you for your help
    Hi happybunny2

    Doonesbury is right - it is more of a PhD area as it is particularly specialised.
    The best way to get in to those areas is do a Chemistry degree - you can tailor modules around your interests. You may also do something that you hadn't thought of and really enjoy that!

    if you choose a course with a placement year option, you could potentially go work in that field for a year and see how it stacks up.

    If you want to speak to someone in our Chemistry department, they'll be happy to discuss with you further. You can either call 01509 222550 or e-mail [email protected]

    Hope that helps and good luck with your choices!

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    Best place to review all uk nuclear courses and research in universities is here at the UK Nuclear University Network:
    http:www.uknuclear.net
    It lists courses, academics, meetings, etc. I'm sure any of the contacts listed there will be happy to advise.

    Any problems - PM me. I'm External Relations Director for the UK National Nuclear Laboratory.


    Good luck! :-)
 
 
 
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