UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Why Study at MSSL?

A broad, cutting-edge science programme, underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.

UCL Space & Climate Physics graduate programmes are taught by those at the forefront of research, and individual research projects offer students the opportunity to participate directly in that research. The department has many international hardware collaborations, and the students on our MSc Space Science and Engineering pathways are able to get a taste of the process of designing a space mission through a final group project.  While the department is based outside the Bloomsbury campus, students are based in the heart of London with access to all that makes UCL a lively and stimulating place to study.

The MSc Space Risk and Disaster Reduction combines the teaching of MSSL with the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, to give students a thorough background in both the technical aspects of spacecraft design and operations and an understanding of how to manage emergencies, assess risks and bring scientific knowledge into understanding hazards. The course is designed to prepare students to work in the growing fields of space weather preparedness, satellite operations, risk and disaster planning or response and the use of satellites in disaster response.

Space is a key growth area in the UK and there are many opportunities for graduates with relevant skills in the space sector. Additionally, physics and engineering open up many employment avenues through the requirement to develop strong problem-solving skills, a logical and numerate mind, computing and modelling skills. Some initial destinations of recent graduates from our programmes have included: 

Analyst, New York Stock Exchange, 2015
European Space Agency Graduate Programme, 2015
Systems Engineer, Sagem ALTEN, 2015
Systems Engineer, Thales Alenia Space, 2015
PhD in Solar Physics, University of Leeds, 2015
PhD in Geophysics, University of Edinburgh, 2015


Postgraduate Degrees:
List of all postgraduate taught degrees.

Doctoral Studies:
Graduate research degrees MPhil,PhD.

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Post-Graduate Tutor:
Prof. Daisuke Kawata

Graduate Tutor:
Mr Ian Raper