Since radioecology is a multidisciplinary science, students on MSc or PhD projects in radioecology have a wide range of future carrier opportunities, and one of our goals is to put students in contact with potential employers and research projects, as well as to ensure that training and education in radioecology meets the needs of those employers.
The MSc and PhD education at NMBU and collaborating universities is programs given to prove the European nuclear stakeholders their future workforce. Of particular concern to the stakeholders (EU Commission, authorities, industry and professionals) are the significant and persistent needs for post-graduates with skills in radiochemistry, radioecology, environmental modelling, radiation protection including radiobiology and dosimetry.
An essential ingredient in CERAD is researcher training and education (MSc, PhD) to provide an internationally attractive research environment, and to produce candidates that are internationally competitive. In 2014, 10 PhD/Post Docs are linked to CERAD, and an additional 4 are expected in 2015.
An important part of CERAD is the educational activities, both on master level and PhD-level. NMBU and CERAD have established a masters program in Radioecology which gives the opportunity for students from Europe and other countries to come together. The program uses expert teachers from different institutions in Europe and North America and has been part of several EC funded projects due to it unique position in Europe.
Within the Radioecology program, all the course modules are given in English and are run intensively to make access possible for students from abroad. Joint MSc in Radioecology has also been initiated with the University Paul Cezanne/Aix-Marseille, France, and with the Moscow State University, Russia, forming a valuable recruitment base for PhD education. In short, the EU MSc in Radioecology is a tailored two year, Bologna accredited (120 ECTS) MSc programme consisting of obligatory and voluntary stand-alone course modules, with expert teachers from national and international institutions. At present the MSc is hosted at the NMBU, where students can take all necessary courses if needed, and obtain permits to work with open ionizing sources (passport). But, as for any EU MSc, students are free to obtain credits by taking ECTS accredited courses at other institutions and at collaborating universities.