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MSc Space Science and Technology

Course Description


Who is the MSc Space Science & Technology for?

This programme is ideal for any graduate of Science, Engineering, Computing or Maths who wants to apply their undergraduate expertise in the Space sector.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the hazards for spacecraft operating in space, but also how space is critical to modern living including applications from Astronomy to Earth Observation, from Telecommuncations to Satellite Navigation. You will design a space mission, build and launch a small satellite, and network with industry professionals. You will be supported in organising an industry or academic placement.

How will I benefit?

You will enchance you CV with "Space" experise, which is much sought-after by employers in the sector. Modules are taught by a combination of experienced academic staff and senior industry practitionors to provide students with knowledge and skills which are highly relevant to recruitment needs.

What is the programme about?

Given that any Science, Engineering, Computing or Maths graduate can take this course highlights the fact that Space is highly cross-disciplinary. To give you a full appreciation of the breadth of the Space sector, and your career potential, you will receive broad exposure to all areas, from understanding the detector payload and spacecraft requirements to space mission design, project management and proposal writing. You will work individually and in cross-disciplinary teams with students from universities in other countires. In these ways, you will explore how your undergraduate expertise can be applied in this exciting sector.

Graduate Daniel Vagg -
“My favourite part was the Space Mission Design field-trip to Tenerife. We worked in competing international teams. This was an incredible and unique experience. My industry placement was with the US multinational Curtiss-Wright, who provide data-handling for rockets such as the SpaceX Dragon capsules. Now I work for a new UCD spin-out company as software systems architect for accessing data from ESA's Gaia satellite mission.”

Graduate James Harpur -
"Being able to choose courses to suit my interests meant I could happily decide on the balance between laboratory and classroom learning. I could also then study engineering courses, which were new to me and which I felt were suitable for my future career. Highlights included a week-long trip in Tenerife, and building a can-sized satellite.


Open to all graduates of Science, Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
You will help design your own curriculum
You will be supported in organising an industry or academic placement
You will have unique access to top industry leaders in workshop sessions
You will build and launch your own small satellite
You will go on a field trip to Tenerife to design a space mission
Placement opportunities with industry leaders
Highly relevant to recruitment needs of employers


Students help design their own curriculum, which includes core and options modules as well as an industry or academic placement.

Core modules:

The Space Environment
Applications of Space Science
Satellite Subsystems
Space Detectors
Space Mission Design
Space Sector Seminars
Professional Skills

Options modules from any area e.g
Physics, Engineering, Maths, Geology, Languages


Career opportunities include space research (mission specialist, payload scientist, mission planner), space-based applications (Earth observation and environmental monitoring, satellite navigation, telecommunications, space weather, radiation science, spacecraft engineering, manned space flight, space tourism), and enabling technology propulsion (simulations and testing orbital mechanics and materials). Top European employers include Airbus, Thales, Moog, Curtiss-Wright, and ESA. The MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone to PhD research.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requires an honours degree in any area of Science, Engineering, Computing or Mathematics. Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent. For IELTS 5.5, there is a pre-masters option which guarantees access to the MSc after 1 year.

Course Fees


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