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    Full time available

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    Full-time: 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

The Space Physiology & Health MSc course is a unique study programme that provides training for biomedical scientists and physicians with an interest in the biomedical issues associated with space exploration. International experts from academia, contractors and space agencies (including NASA) contribute to the course through lectures, seminars, extensive laboratory practicals and visits to the RAF and Space Agency (ESA & DLR) facilities. 

Key benefits

  • The course provides experiences with external partners including the Space Medicine Office at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.
  • Specialist subjects delivered by professionals from within the Space industry.
  • Highly specialist study pathway that's the first of its kind in Europe.


The Space Physiology & Health MSc will provide you with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and operational medicine of humans exposed to or working in the Space environment.

You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits from a research project and dissertation.

This course will provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • The physiological effects of the space environment upon humans and of the methods employed to mitigate such effects.
  • Experimentation methods appropriate to investigate the physiological effects of the space environment.
  • Instrumentation, calibration, data acquisition and the analysis of results while applying the appropriate statistical methods.
  • The effect of the space environment upon human behaviour and performance.
  • The characteristics and practices associated with medical and life science research environments in space.

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.


You are assessed through a combination of:

  • Unseen written examinations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Oral and Poster Presentations
  • Essay
  • Literature Review
  • Dissertation

The study times and assessment methods detailed above are typical and are designed to provide you with a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. We try to arrange trips to the European Space Agency, and other related facilities whenever possible to enhance your learning experience.

King’s and partner organisations organise summer research projects depending on applicability and availability.

Career prospects

The course provides a range of multidisciplinary skills and will help those wishing to pursue a career in human physiology in its broadest sense, either in academic research i.e. PhD, in industry, in Ministry of Defence research laboratories or National/International Space agencies including ESA.

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