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MScSpace Systems Engineering

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £19,570.00 per year
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MSc in Space Systems Engineering draws extensively on the expert knowledge of the Astronautics group using content from the professional courses we run for the European Space Agency and spacecraft industry. Led by the authors of the best-selling book, “Spacecraft Systems Engineering” the programme uses integrated approach to the complete design of a total space system and shows how the various component subsystems function and interface with each other. The course is endorsed by the UK Space Agency (UKSA).

Programme structure

The multidisciplinary nature of space systems engineering requires people with a range of talents. The MSc in Space Systems Engineering incorporates the design of all the elements that make up a space mission providing a solid grounding for those seeking a career in the space industry.

The taught element of the programme consists of a series of compulsory and optional modules and is followed by a substantial research project leading to a dissertation.

The goals of the course are to give you:

an advanced knowledge of Space Systems Engineering
an understanding of the use, and an appreciation of the limitations, of computational analysis and design tools in the development of a space mission and related hardware.
Also, the course aims to

enable you to acquire advanced specialist knowledge and practical skills needed for a professional career in the space industry.
enhance your transferable skills, including critical analysis, problem solving, project management, decision making, leadership, and communication by oral, visual and/or written means.
equip you with specialist knowledge, scientific and technical expertise and research skills for further research and/or application in the design of Space Systems.

The full-time MSc programme lasts for 12 months. The first 8 months are normally spent focusing on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (Semesters 1 and 2), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final 4 months are spent full-time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in Semester 2.

The taught component comprises a number of modules totalling 120 credit points. Among these, 90 credit points are compulsory, and the rest can be selected from the given list in the Modules section. Suitable alternative modules, perhaps from other programmes, may be substituted at the discretion of the Programme Organiser.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States