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Space Studies

Course Description

Join a sector driving important scientific, technological and societal innovation while enjoying serious government support and recognition. We're looking for candidates already in possession of a successful master's degree relevant to space studies. Our students are, not only able to broaden their education into other relevant disciplines but are also able to present a convincing case for the importance of the programme to their professional expectations. Is this you? If so, the MSc in Space Studies offers you an unlimited frontier - don't be afraid to explore its future, and yours!

The space sector plays an important role in economic, social, technological and scientific developments. The future of the sector and its manifold applications require highly skilled experts with a broad interdisciplinary perspective. The development of innovative space technologies is fostered by an intense symbiosis between technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. Additionally, the economic and social valorisation of space technologies requires an efficient relationship between project developers and the economic sector. The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management. The international character of the space sector and of its broad applications, including the relevance of space for security and defence, implies a need for European and international legal and political measures.

The Master of Space Studies programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to these myriad challenges and opportunities. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a Master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions.

This is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The objectives of the programme are to develop students' knowledge of all aspects of space studies generally and, specifically, to impart:

1. the ability to situate the relevance of students' own curriculum in the broad field of space studies;

2. specialised knowledge and attitudes in specific fields relevant to space studies;

3. insight in the development and realisation of large international projects;

4. abilities necessary for the guiding of complex projects.

After the completion of the programme, students will have attained the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

LO1: Are capable of analysing and understanding the main scientific, technological, political, legal and economical aspects of space activities.

LO2: Demonstrate an advanced knowledge in one of the following fields: A. Space Law, Policy, Business and Management; B. Space Sciences; C. Space Technology.


LO3: Are capable of discussing and reporting on the main scientific, technological, political, legal and economical aspects of space activities.

LO4: Can apply, in the field of space studies, the knowledge, skills and approaches they obtained during their previous academic master.

LO5: Are able to integrate their own disciplinary expertise applied to space related activities within their broad and complex multi-disciplinary environment, taking into account their societal, technological and scientific context.

LO6: Can communicate clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist audiences about space projects in general and their specific area of expertise.

LO7: Have the skills to commence participation in complex space projects in multi-disciplinary and/or multinational settings in the framework of institutions, agencies or industry. This includes information collection, analysis and drawing conclusions, individually and/or as part of a team.

LO8: Can undertake research in the space field individually, translate the findings in a structured fashion, and communicate and discuss the results in a clear manner (oral and written).


LO9: Have a multi-disciplinary approach to complex projects, with special attention to the integration of the different and complementary aspects of such projects.

LO10: Understand and are able to contribute to exploiting the benefits of space for humanity and its environment and are familiarised with the broad spectrum of aspects of peaceful space activities, including the societal ones.

LO11: Have a critical approach towards the place of space activities in their societal framework, including ethical questions arising from space activities.

Career paths
Programme graduates will be well positioned to begin careers in the space sector or in space research. Depending on previous degrees, graduates may take up jobs in the space industry (as engineers, product developers and in technical-commercial functions with a high degree of technical and financial responsibilities), research institutions carrying out activities in space studies (as researchers and project developers) and in (inter)governmental bodies, e.g. in research and development programmes related to space (project managers and directors, policy makers on national, European and international levels). Graduates may also find employment in the broader context of companies and organisations which use or are facilitated by space missions.

Entry Requirements

The interdisciplinary Master of Space Studies programme is open to students who have already obtained a Master's degree for which he/she can motivate the relevance for space studies. The candidate presents a 2 page essay with a consistent view of the importance of the programme for his/her professional expectations, in view of the candidate's previous education programmes. The candidate may be invited to an intake interview. Good knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken, is essential. More information: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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