Nuclear Physics

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nuclear Physics

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    Introduction and summary/review of elementary concepts. Natural and artificial radioactivity.
    Radioactive Decay. Radioactive equilibrium. Interaction of radiation with matter (heavy charged particles,
    electrons, gamma and X-rays, neutrons). Overview on modes of radioactive decay. Theory of alpha decay - Gamow
    theory of alpha decay. Beta decay and the electron neutrino. Fermi theory of beta decay. Parity and its
    non-conservation in the weak interaction. Gamma decay and internal conversion. Liquid drop model of the
    nucleus. Spontaneous and induced fission. Modern fission reactors. Neutron activation analysis. Nuclear
    reactions. Nuclear fusion, including properties and confinement of high temperature plasmas. Proto-type
    fusion reactor.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.