Nuclear engineering is the practical application of the atomic nucleus gleaned from principles of nuclear physics and the interaction and maintenance of nuclear fission systems and components, specifically, nuclear reactors, nuclear power plants and/or nuclear weapons. The field can also include the study of nuclear fusion, medical applications of radiation, nuclear safety, heat transport, nuclear fuels technology, nuclear proliferation, and the effect of radioactive waste or radioactivity in the environment.
Nuclear engineers are involved in the design, construction, and operation of nuclear power plants for power generation, propulsion of nuclear submarines, and space power systems. Nuclear engineers are also involved in the handling of nuclear fuels, the safe disposal of radioactive wastes, and in medical uses of radioactive isotopes. Major thrust area of work is researching in nuclear energy and radiation. Specialization: It offers specialization in nuclear weapons, developing radioactive material for industrial and medical use etc.
In USA following universities offers graduate programme in Nuclear engineering
In India Department of Atomic Energy
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Training School and Its Affiliates offers one year programme in Nuclear engineering.