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The Master's degree in Aerospace Science and Technology provides advanced training in the sciences and technology that are currently most widely used and applied in the fields of aeronautics and space exploration. Graduates of this master’s degree will have been trained in an interdisciplinary area of knowledge that includes the study of theoretical and practical groundwork, techniques, methods and processes, and will be skilled at promoting, defining and managing innovative research projects.

The whole program consists of a total of 90 ECTS credits distributed in three semesters of 30 credits each. Students may enrol the program in September (mostly recommended) or February. Fall semester is devoted to mandatory courses and spring semester to elective courses. Once students have completed 60 credits in courses, the Master Thesis (30 credits) is performed at a University department or at an aerospace company.

Graduates from this Master's degree will be experts qualified to work in:

- University departments, institutes or research centers in order to produce a doctoral thesis.

- R&D&I departments in industry in the aerospace field or similar.

This Master is organized by the UPC Castelldefels School of Telecommunication and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC) with the collaboration of the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

Professional opportunities

Graduates from this master’s degree will be experts qualified to work in:

· University departments, institutes or research centers in order to produce a doctoral thesis.

· R&D&I departments in industry in the aerospace field or similar.


Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and experimental tools used in different areas within the aerospace field.
  • Use scientific programming techniques and basic and advanced numerical methods competently.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the most relevant physical aspects of aerospace systems.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the different types of materials used in the construction of aerospace vehicles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the tools, devices and systems that enable the analogue or digital conditioning of signals.
  • Demonstrate an up-to-date awareness of the main characteristics of international aerospace research.
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of R&D&I activities in the companies in the sector in this region.
  • Define the context and the variables that affect research projects.
  • Approach research problems consistently and with good scientific working methods.
  • Show initiative and originality in considering new approaches to an open problem and in considering new problems.
  • Produce a doctoral thesis.
  • Understand the dynamic of the artificial satellites orbiting the Earth and have a detailed and objective vision of the capacities of very low-mass satellites.
  • Calculate interplanetary trajectories.
  • Understand the concepts of analysis and design of controllers for uncertain systems.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the basic structure of the data bus of artificial satellites and the atmospheric phenomena that most affect aerial operations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the differences in behavior of materials on a macro- and a nanoscale and identify the specific characteristics of nanoscale processes for the conceptual design of sensors, materials and support systems for life in space.
  • Understand the characteristics of platforms for obtaining microgravity and the behaviour of different physical systems in microgravity.
  • Design an experiment to carry out in parabolic flight.
  • Understand the operation of UAVs and the rigorous formulation of measurement algorithms and how to guarantee their quality.
  • Design and implement automatic measuring systems and show knowledge of the tools, devices and systems that enable the conditioning of analogue and digital signals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the systems that support human life on inter-planetary missions and the main elements of the design of a life support system.
  • Design electronic on-board equipment in which microtechnologies play an important role.
  • Categorise satellite communication systems and demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-RCS systems. 

Visit the Master in Aerospace Science and Technology page on the UPC (Technical University of Catalonia) website for more details!




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