Space Science and Engineering: Space Technology MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
Taught jointly between UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering and UCL Space & Climate Physics by expert researchers and engineers in the field, this MSc programme aims to provide a broad understanding of the basic principles of space technology and satellite communications together with detailed training in research methods.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of:
- Spacecraft, satellite communications, the space environment, space operations and space project management
- The electromagnetics of optical and microwave transmission, and of communication systems modelling
- A range of subjects relating to spacecraft technology and satellite communications.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Space & Climate Physics, located at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (75 credits) three optional modules (45 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
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.
Further details available on subject website:
STFC and NERC studentships may be available.
Scholarships available for this department
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for graduates working in, or intending to work in the commercial space industry or national space agencies in the UK and overseas. No previous knowledge of spacecraft hardware is assumed and the programme will be supplemented by other material depending on a student's background and needs.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study for a Master's degree in Space Science and Engineering, and particularly on which Pathway (Space Science or Space Technology) you intend to enrol, and why
- why you want to enter a programme of study at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme, how have you heard of it and what do you want to get from it
- how your academic and professional background meets the entry requirements and the demands of this programme, considering the topics that are taught in it
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree, i.e. which kind of career you intend to pursue
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:
- ONERA: Research Engineer
- Hispassat: Telecommunications Engineer
- Detica: Engineer
- Equinox Consulting: Financial Consultant
- Murex: Financial Consultant
- Risk Management Solutions: Risk Analyst
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory: Analyst
- School of Electronics & Computer Science IT-Innovation: Research Engineer
- EADS Astrium Ltd: Engineer
- Thales Space: Engineer
"The department offers a huge variety of seminars where I learn much more than just about my specific research topic. We are always motivated to participate at workshops and conferences. In under one year I have already been to three conferences, including one in Germany."
Subject: Statistical Science, Faculty: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
"I was challenged and pushed hard, yet there is also a friendly and relaxed feel about the department. I really didn't want to go anywhere else."
Subject: Chemistry, Faculty: Mathematical and Physical Sciences