Taught jointly by UCL’s Space & Climate Physics and UCL’s Electronic & Electrical Engineering Departments 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 specialised training in research methods and transferable skills, directly applicable to a career in the public and private space sectors.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £10,140 (FT)
- £28,370 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students 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.
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: Standard
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.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
The Space Technology pathway is focussed on the application of space technology in industrial settings, and therefore has as its main objective to provide a sound knowledge of the underlying principles which form a thorough basis for careers in space technology, satellite communications and related fields. 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), a Group Project (15 credits) and an Individual research Project (60 credits).
- Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions
- Space Systems Engineering
- Communications Systems Modelling Type
- Group Project
- At least one module from the following:
- Spacecraft Design – Electronic Sub-systems
- Mechanical Design of Spacecraft
- Antennas and Propagation
- Radar Systems
- Space-based Communication Systems
At least one module from:
- Space Instrumentation and Applications
- Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
- Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
- Global Monitoring and Security
- Space Data Systems and Processing
All MSc students undertake an Individual 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, coursework problem tasks, team-based coursework exercises, presentations and tutorials. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examinations, coursework, and the individual and group projects.
STFC and NERC studentships may be available.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 11 May 2018
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
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 careers in space research or the space industry, or further research degrees.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Pushtribe
- Signal Processing Engineer, Thales UK
- Junior Consultant, BearingPoint
- Satellite Communication Engineer, National Space Agency of Kazakhstan
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Space & Climate Physics, located at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, is a world-leading research organisation and 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 industrial and research centres in the public and private space sectors.
Department: Space & Climate Physics
Student / staff numbers
› 66 staff
including 42 postdocs
› 52 taught students
› 49 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Space & Climate Physics
90% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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).