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MSc Space Engineering

Course Description

The University of Surrey is at the forefront of a revolution in space, utilising new advances in technology to decrease the cost of space exploration. Surrey was the pioneer of sophisticated ‘micro-satellites’ in the 1980s and has gone on to have a sustained programme of building complete satellites, performing mission planning, working with international launch agencies and providing in-orbit operations.


We have a unique concentration of academic staff experienced in the satellite area, as well as developed contacts with all the major satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers. Industry participates in the MSc programme in both lecturing and projects, and facilitates excellent engagement for our students.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/space-engineering

Programme overview

Our Space Engineering programme is designed to give you the specialist multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required for a career working with space technology and its applications. Surrey students have access to all aspects of the design and delivery of spacecraft and payloads and are very attractive to companies in the space-related industries. As we develop and execute complete space missions, from initial concept to hardware design, manufacturing and testing, to in orbit operations (controlled by our ground station at the Surrey Space Centre) you will have the chance to be involved in, and gain experience of, real space missions.

Programme structure

Our MSc programmes are made up of eight taught modules. Each module is worth 15 credits. A project, worth 60 credits, is introduced in Semester 1 and runs beyond Semester 2. This brings the total to 180 credits for the programme.

The MSc Space Engineering comprises eight taught modules, four in Semester 1 and four in Semester 2. Half of these modules are optional modules, enabling you to tailor your programme to match your interests.

Your project is chosen in Semester 1 and work on it begins in Semester 2 on a part-time basis. Over the summer (project) period you will be working on your project on a full-time basis, with final report and a viva voce assessment conducted at the end of the academic year.

Taught Masters programmes in the Department of Electronic Engineering utilise our research-active staff in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities. We provide a range of learning experiences – lectures, tutorials, directed study, practical laboratories and project work – that will prepare you for your professional life. The academic staff who teach on this programme are all research-active, and the specialist space modules are delivered by staff recognised as world leaders in small satellite technology.

We are particularly keen to develop in all our students a broad range of generic skills to complement the core technical or scientific competencies of their chosen subject area. Our modular programme format, coupled with the increasing use of innovative teaching and learning strategies such as e-learning and industrially focused short courses, provides a flexible study environment whilst maintaining academic rigour and quality.

All modules are assessed by a combination of formal written examinations, taken at the end of each semester, and coursework assignments.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to monitor your progress. Very often this tutor will also be your project supervisor, who will guide you through your project work.


Compulsory modules:

• Project
• Space Dynamics and Missions
• Spacecraft Systems Design

Optional modules:

• Advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control
• Launch Vehicles and Space Propulsion
• RF Systems and Circuit Design
• Advanced Satellite Communication Techniques
• Satellite Remote Sensing
• Space Avionics
• Space Environment and Protection
• Space Robotics and Autonomy
• Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms

Professional recognition

Our full-time and part-time programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). They can be used in partial fulfilment of the requirements for gaining Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and are countable under the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

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

(Student Profile)

Christos Merkouris

"I studied at the University of Surrey in 2010, and am now a Spacecraft Verification and Test Engineer at the European Space Research & Technology Centre in the Netherlands.

"I was drawn to study here because of the very good reputation of the Surrey Space Centre; I was convinced it was the best option for me. Also, the flexibility and support of the University staff was a plus, enabling me to study for my MSc alongside a full-time job.

"Taking the programme was hard work and a lot of fun. I flew in every Thursday evening from my home country to participate in meetings and lectures. The course was diverse and thorough, covering most aspects of the space engineering industry and I gained a better understanding of the subject by the time I finished – significantly increasing my confidence at work.

"My time at Surrey helped me learn how to cope with responsibility, as well as manage my time effectively and prioritise tasks in order to complete things. I had the opportunity to work on a conceptual and feasibility study for a future space mission: the idea of developing concepts and designing a space mission based on latest technological missions, with the possibility that it might materialise, still puts a big smile on my face. Surrey Space Centre’s impressive links with the space industry provide you with unique opportunities to get involved with real projects.

"To anyone considering further study in electronic engineering, I’d say you obviously need basic knowledge and skills in the field but also that you need to have patience and be flexible. The thing that will make you stand out is originality and being yourself."


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on .


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An honours degree in electronic engineering, mathematics, computing or physical sciences. Our minimum entry level is a 2.2 from a good UK university, or overseas equivalent. Relevant industrial experience will also be considered.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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