SH262V Elements of the Back-end of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Geological Storage in Precambrian Bedrock 7.5 credits

Kärnbränslecykel: Geologiskt slutförvar i prekambriska berggrunden

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students are expected to be able to:

  • understand environmental and radiological issues related to nuclear fuel cycle and spent nuclear fuel
  • create and present a geological map of a limited area
  • create and present a tectonic map of limited area
  • present a 3dimensional geological presentation of the mapped area
  • describe the Precambrian rocks and minerals in the mapped area
  • describe the distribution of soils in the mapped area
  • compile a summary of the hydrogeological conditions in the mapped area
  • present the KBS method for storing nuclear waste in Precambrian rocks
  • compile a summary of the social aspects of storing nuclear waste

Course main content

  • Nuclear energy and nuclear fuel cycle primer
  • Petrology and mineralogy
  • Plate tectonics
  • Metamorphism
  • Quaternary geology
  • Hydrogeology in soil
  • Hydrogeology in fractured bedrock
  • Hydrogeochemistry
  • The KBS method
  • Social aspects of storing of nuclear waste

Fieldwork and laboratory work at Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory


A completed bachelor’s degree in engineering or natural sciences and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B/English 6.


Scientific reports and articles related to geological storage handled to the students at the beginning of the course and available on the course web-page


  • EXA1 - Examination, 4.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Laboratory Projects, 3.5, grading scale: P, F

Examination is based on an individual knowledge test and the written and oral presentation of an individual field work project at Äspö Laboratory

Offered by



Waclaw Gudowski (


Waclaw Gudowski <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2014.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2014.