The objective of the program of study leading to the doctoral degree is to give the student comprehensive knowledge of nuclear science and engineering and to develop competence in original research.
The highest academic degree is the Doctor of Science, or Doctor of Philosophy. At MIT, these degrees differ in name only. The doctorate is awarded upon the completion of a program of advanced study, principally at the Institute, and the performance of significant original research, design or development.
The department’s undergraduate program provides a broad foundation in Nuclear Science and Engineering. The program develops science and engineering fundamentals in the production, interactions and measurement of radiation arising from nuclear processes, The education culminates in approaches to the design of nuclear-based systems that have wide societal impacts in energy, human health and security.