This MSc provides students with a broad understanding of all aspects of space science and space instrumentation together with specialised training in research methods, directly applicable to careers in academia, the space industry and the public sector. The programme is taught by world-recognised researchers in the field which provides students with access to the knowledge and expertise gained by UCL space scientists over five decades.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
The Space Science pathway is focussed on scientific research applications of space technology; it aims to equip participants with a sound knowledge of the physical principles essential to sustain careers in space research and related fields. Students develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of:
- a range of space science fields;
- spacecraft, space science instrumentation, the space environment, space operations and space project management.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), a group project (15 credits), and a research project (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Space Science and Engineering: Space Science.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Space Data Systems and Processing
- Space Instrumentation and Applications
- Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions
- Space Systems Engineering
- Group Project
- Planetary Atmospheres
- Solar Physics
- High Energy Astrophysics
- Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
- Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
- Global Monitoring and Security
- Machine Learning with Big Data
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.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme aims to prepare students for further research degrees and/or careers in space research or the space industry.
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in problem solving, data analysis, report writing and presentations and original research. Group work at a range of different levels enables students to develop strong team-working skills, culminating in the final group project undertaken by the whole cohort, which includes external review by industry experts and peer assessment.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL’s Space & Climate Physics Department, incorporating the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, is a world-leading research organisation and is the largest university space science group in the UK. Space instruments designed and built by staff in the department have flown, are currently operating, or are in development, for the majority of the major space science missions launched or planned for launch since the late 1950s. Through our teaching we offer students real-world examples of the issues associated with designing and building instruments for space, as well as the opportunity to analyse data collected from those instruments to conduct original research.
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.
Department: Space & Climate Physics
Application and next steps
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for graduates working in, or intending to work in academic research, the commercial space industry or national space agencies in the UK and overseas. It is also intended as a conversion programme for students with a first degree in a physical science or engineering subject.
- Visa nationals
- 6 May 2021
- UK nationals and Republic of Ireland nationals
- 31 May 2021
- Citizens of Crown Dependencies and those with Pre-settled or Settled status
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver, and how prepared you are to face the challenges it poses (e.g. large project component, individual and in a team, and taught advanced topics).
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