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We are already exploring the final frontier, and we will be visiting it even more in the future. The night sky presents us with the idea of infinity, and advances in space engineering lead the way in giving us the opportunity to go even further and do even more.

At Surrey, we pioneered sophisticated ‘micro-satellites’ in the 1980s. Since then, we have maintained a programme of building entire satellites, performing mission planning, working with international launch agencies and providing in-orbit operations, keeping us at the forefront of the space revolution. 

Our strategic partnership agreements with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and Airbus, ensure that we continue to form a part of the lifeblood in the UK’s industrial space sector.

What you will study

Our MSc in Space Engineering is designed to give you the specialist multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required for a career working with space technologies. You will have access to all aspects of the design and delivery of spacecraft and payloads. 

We are the only UK academic institution that develops and executes complete space missions - from initial concept to hardware design, manufacturing, testing and to in-orbit operations (controlled by our own spacecraft mission operation ground station at Surrey Space Centre). Because of this, you will have the chance to gain your own first-hand experience of real space missions.

Academic year structure

If you’re studying this course full time, you will study eight modules across the year, four in each semester. During the two semesters you will also apply for and agree a project with an academic supervisor and begin initial work on the project before working on it full time after the end of Semester 2. From that point you will have approximately two and a half months to complete the work and write up your dissertation. 

You can also study this course part time, taking between two and five years. The length depends on how many modules you study each year. You can study between two and six modules each year. We recommend part time students work on their project in their final year of study when all eight modules have either been completed or are near completion.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Technical characteristics of the pathway

This course in Space Engineering aims to provide a high-level postgraduate qualification relating to the design of space missions using satellites. Study is taken to a high level, in both theory and practice, in the specialist areas of space physics, mechanics, orbits and space-propulsion systems, as well as the system and electronic design of space vehicles.

This is a multi-disciplinary course, and projects are often closely associated with ongoing space projects carried out by Surrey Satellite Technology, plc. This is a large local company that builds satellites commercially and carries out industrially-sponsored research. 

Research

In Surrey Space Centre, we carry out applied research most relevant to space engineering, ranging from whole mission developments and execution, to scientific investigations into specific technologies that underpin their deployment in the space industry. Many student projects are conducted in collaboration with industry and focus on real applications, bridging the gap between university education and the end product. 

Graduate prospects

As a graduate of this course, you will be in high demand in the UK and European Space Industries. 

Several graduates have been employed in Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (founded by Surrey Space Centre) and Airbus. Other employers include the European Space Agency, The Satellite Applications Catapult and QinetiQ.


Visit the Space Engineering (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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