This MSc effectively transfers to students the knowledge and expertise gained by UCL space scientists over more than four decades and is taught by world-recognised researchers in the field. The programme aims to provide a broad understanding of all aspects of space science together with specialised training in research methods, directly applicable to a career in academia, the public and private sectors.
The Space Science pathway is focussed on scientific research applications of space technology; it aims to equip participants with a sound knowledge of the physical principles essential to sustain careers in space research and related fields. Students develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of:
a range of space science fields spacecraft, space science instrumentation, the space environment, space operations and space project management Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), a group project (15 credits), and a research project (60 credits).
Core modules -Space Data Systems and Processing -Space Instrumentation and Applications -Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions -Space Systems Engineering -Group Project
Optional modules -Planetary Atmospheres -Solar Physics -High Energy Astrophysics -Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics -Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing -Global Monitoring and Security
Dissertation/report All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which normally involves attachment to a research group, and culminates in a report of 10,000–12,000 words.
Teaching and learning The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, team-based coursework exercises, presentations and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination, coursework, and the individual and group projects.
The programme aims to prepare students for further research degrees and/or careers in space research or the space industry. First destinations of recent graduates include: -University of Lancaster: PhD Solar Physics -Irongate Archaeological Project: IT Specialist -UCL: PhD Space Climate Physics
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL’s Space & Climate Physics Department, located at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, is a world-leading research organisation and is the largest university space science group in the UK.
It offers a unique environment at the forefront of space science research, where scientists and research students work alongside top engineers building and testing instruments for space, as well as studying the data from these and other spaceborne and ground-based instruments.
The close contact that the laboratory enjoys with space agencies such as ESA and NASA and with industrial research teams encourages the development of transferable skills which enhance job prospects in academic circles and beyond.