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

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH262V (Spring 2014–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • 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

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 disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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

Recommended prerequisites

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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

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


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

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

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

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SH262V

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Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Torbjörn Bäck (