Master Degree in Space Sciences

Top 6 Master Degrees in Space Sciences 2017

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In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

A degree in MSc in Space Sciences will teach students the core concepts of satellite communications, space environment, spacecraft and space project management. It involves the study of Space and Climate physics to be able to perform in different areas within the space industry.

Masters in Space Sciences

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Master of Space Studies (Leuven et al)

KU Leuven - University of Leuven
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Belgium Brussels Leuven + 1 more

The Master of Space Studies programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to a myriad of challenges and opportunities. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a Master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions. [+]

Master Degrees in Space Sciences. The space sector plays an important role in economic, social, technological and scientific developments. The future of the sector and its manifold applications require highly skilled experts with a broad interdisciplinary perspective. The development of innovative space technologies is fostered by an intense symbiosis between technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. Additionally, the economic and social valorisation of space technologies requires an efficient relationship between project developers and the economic sector. The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management. The international character of the space sector and of its broad applications, including the relevance of space for security and defence, implies a need for European and international legal and political measures. What is the Master of Space Studies all about? The Master of Space Studies programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to a myriad of challenges and opportunities. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a Master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions. This is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Structure The programme is conceived as an advanced master’s programme and as such it requires applicants to have successfully completed an initial master’s programme in either the humanities and social sciences, exact sciences and technology or biomedical sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme is expressed by the common core of 25 ECTS in introductory coursework. These courses are mandatory for every student. They acquaint the student with the different aspects that together form the foundation of space-related activities. The backgrounds of the students in programme are diverse, but all students have the ability to transfer knowledge across disciplines. Depending on their background and interests, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge through more domain-specific optional courses, for a total of 20 ECTS, covering the domains of (A) Space Law, Policy, Business and Management, (B) Space Sciences and (C) Space Technology and Applications, with the possibility to combine the latter two. For the master’s thesis (15 ECTS), students are embedded in a research team of one of the organising universities, or in an external institute, organisation or industrial company, in which case an academic supervisor is assigned as the coordinator of the project. The master’s thesis is the final section of the interdisciplinary programme, in which the acquired knowledge and abilities are applied to a complex and concrete project. Department The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is exploring, understanding and modelling physical realities using mathematical, computational, experimental and observational techniques. Fifteen teams perform research at an international level. Publication of research results in leading journals and attracting top-level scientists are priorities for the department. New physics and innovation in the development of new techniques are important aspects of our mission. The interaction with industry (consulting, patents...) and society (science popularisation) are additional points of interest. Furthermore, the department is responsible for teaching basic physics courses in several study programmes. Is this the right programme for me? The interdisciplinary Master of Space Studies programme is open to students who have already obtained a master’s degree. The criteria for admission to the programme include the following: the candidate has obtained an initial master’s degree for which he/she can motivate the relevance for space studies. the candidate presents a 2-page essay with a consistent view of the importance of the programme for his/her professional expectations, in view of the candidate’s previous education. The candidate may be invited to an intake interview. The objective of the selection procedure with respect to the initial master’s degree is to verify the student’s chances of success. However, students with an initial master’s degree that does not have a direct apparent connection with space studies can still apply, and may be accepted depending on the power of conviction of their background and argumentation. Non-native English speaking students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS certificate. Objectives The objectives of the programme are to develop students' knowledge of all aspects of space studies generally and, specifically, to impart: the ability to situate the relevance of students' own curriculum in the broad field of space studies; specialised knowledge and attitudes in specific fields relevant to space studies; insight in the development and realisation of large international projects; abilities necessary for the guiding of complex projects. After the completion of the programme, students will have attained the following learning outcomes: Knowledge and understanding LO1: Are capable of analysing and understanding the main scientific, technological, political, legal and economical aspects of space activities. LO2: Demonstrate an advanced knowledge in one of the following fields: A. Space Law, Policy, Business and Management; B. Space Sciences; C. Space Technology. Skills LO3: Are capable of discussing and reporting on the main scientific, technological, political, legal and economical aspects of space activities. LO4: Can apply, in the field of space studies, the knowledge, skills and approaches they obtained during their previous academic master. LO5: Are able to integrate their own disciplinary expertise applied to space related activities within their broad and complex multi-disciplinary environment, taking into account their societal, technological and scientific context. LO6: Can communicate clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist audiences about space projects in general and their specific area of expertise. LO7: Have the skills to commence participation in complex space projects in multi-disciplinary and/or multinational settings in the framework of institutions, agencies or industry. This includes information collection, analysis and drawing conclusions, individually and/or as part of a team. LO8: Can undertake research in the space field individually, translate the findings in a structured fashion, and communicate and discuss the results in a clear manner (oral and written). Approaches LO9: Have a multi-disciplinary approach to complex projects, with special attention to the integration of the different and complementary aspects of such projects. LO10: Understand and are able to contribute to exploiting the benefits of space for humanity and its environment and are familiarised with the broad spectrum of aspects of peaceful space activities, including the societal ones. LO11: Have a critical approach towards the place of space activities in their societal framework, including ethical questions arising from space activities. Career perspectives Graduates will be in a position to develop a career in the space sector or in space research. Depending on his/her previous degree, the student will find opportunities in the space industry (engineers, product developers and technical-commercial functions with a high degree of technical and financial responsibilities), research institutions with activities in space (researchers and project developers), (inter)governmental bodies with responsibilities in research and development programmes related to space (project managers and directors, policy makers on national, European and international levels). The spectrum of employment possibilities encompasses not only the space sector as such, but also the broader context of companies and organisations which use or are facilitated by space missions. [-]

M.Tech Programme in Atmospheric Science and Space Technology

K L University
Campus Full time July 2017 India Guntur

This department has been started in 2013 to provide education and training in the specialized fields of atmospheric science and space technology and to foster research excellence through its “Centre for Atmospheric Science”. [+]

This department has been started in 2013 to provide education and training in the specialized fields of atmospheric science and space technology and to foster research excellence through its “Centre for Atmospheric Science”. The department has eminent and reputed faculty, with profound academic experience in diverse fields of atmospheric science and space technology. At present the department is offering a 2-year M.Tech. program in “Atmospheric Science & Space Technology” and a doctoral program leading to Ph.D. degree, with the main objective of providing education with a blend of (atmospheric) science and (space) technology. The academic programs of this department are well recognized, as evidenced by the award of FIST and four research projects from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. At present, four Professors and one Associate Professor constitute the faculty, and the profiles of the faculty are separately visible on this web-site. The department houses permanent equipment, which has been acquired at a cost of Rs. 2 crores, and the same is being accessible to B.Tech., M.Tech., and Ph.D. students to meet their academic requirements. Research and training being a continuous activity of this department, several seminars/workshops have been organized in the past and few more are scheduled and planned. The expertise of the faculty and the main research areas of this department are categorized as two fields, one on upper atmospheric science and space technology that include GPS technology for communication and navigation systems, signal processing. The second is lower atmospheric science, which includes weather and climate studies, atmospheric pollution, weathermatics, and weather and climate related risk assessment. The department envisages excellent opportunities for B.tech./ M.Tech. students to be a part of the innovative development of blended science and technology to meet societal needs of the current and near future. This department aspires to excel in teaching, research and industry/consultancy at national level and to produce highly competent scientists/ engineers/ technologists in the field of Atmospheric Science and space technology through focusing on specializations in Communication Sector, lower and upper atmosphere and satellite navigation systems, weather and climate data mining and applications [-]

Master in Space Science

National Central University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

Research groups in the Institute of Space Science include the upper atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, interplanetary space, solar physics, planetary science, space plasma simulation, radar meteorology, space payload design & development, and satellite remote sensing. [+]

Master Degrees in Space Sciences. Research groups in the Institute of Space Science include the upper atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, interplanetary space, solar physics, planetary science, space plasma simulation, radar meteorology, space payload design & development, and satellite remote sensing. The Institute is the sole institution in Taiwan providing such broad and complete programs in space science research and education; and continuously participates in several international space research projects, collaborating with space science institutions of other countries.  Fundamental Courses Electromagnetic Waves Magnetospheric physics Ionospheric Physics Solar Physics Space Plasma Physics Space Physics Professional Courses Principle of Radar Remote Sensing Atmospheric Stochastic Processes and Spectral Analysis Atmospheric Wave Coupling Advanced Programming Plasma Measurement Atmospheric electricity Requirements for Graduation Required credits : 24 credits Duration of Study : 1-4 years Other requirements : Pass an oral thesis defense. Pass at least one core course in each category of Space Science, Physics, and Mathematics. Research Facilities & Lab VHF Coherent Scatter Radar High Speed Computing Lab Computer Lab Space Environment Lab Ionospheric Tomography Lab GPS and radio-wave propagation labs as well as ROCSAT I-IPEI payload Lab Satellite Science and Payload Engineering Labs Admission Documents Autobiography Study Plan Research Proposal Two Letters of Recommendation Evidence of Chinese Proficiency [-]

Master Programme in Earths Atmosphere and the Solar System

Luleå University of Technology
Campus Full time September 2017 Sweden Kiruna

This two-year program is focused on the exciting research areas of the Earth Atmosphere and the Solar System. The course is given in Kiruna, located well north of the Arctic circle. Kiruna is known for its excellent space research infrastructure. [+]

This two-year program is focused on the exciting research areas of the Earth Atmosphere and the Solar System. The course is given in Kiruna, located well north of the Arctic circle. Kiruna is known for its research infrastructure and provides contact with the various institutions and service providers within atmospheric and space research.During the program's first year, you will gain knowledge of the Earth's atmosphere and the Solar System and observation of these. You will be introduced into the physical processes which are important to describe and understand the atmosphere and the Solar System. Additionally you will be introduced to the technical and mathematical methods used to observe and model these processes.During the second year you will strengthen your knowledge through courses and by participating in various space projects. A large part of the education and work is done as group work in project form. Your master thesis work will be performed at a space technology company, space organization, or an academic department in Kiruna or another part of the world. An unique environment for Atmospheric and Space research has been built up in Kiruna. The Swedish Institute of Space Physics, one of the world's premier space research centers, builds satellite instruments for distant voyages to other planets and celestial bodies. Many international research groups operate instruments for continuous atmospheric observations in Kiruna. Due to the infrastructure, Kiruna often is the base for major international measurement campaigns. From Esrange sounding rockets and giant stratospheric balloons are launched regularly. The experiments are, among other topics related to ozone research as well as studies of the universe's origin. The international organization EISCAT has one of its receiving stations in Kiruna, providing data for studies of meteors and Northern lights.The program utilizes these organizations giving you as a student an opportunity to evaluate satellite measurements, perform balloon flights to the stratosphere and meet active researchers in the field. Guest speakers from the aerospace industry and academia are also common in the education.The lectures are in English.Labour marketThe graduated students have wide and deep competence and are ready to  work within various areas, i.e. fundamental space research, atmospheric research, environmental monitoring,  space technology and engineering. This course provides the opportunity for an academic career in Atmospheric and Space Science with work opportunities in several Universities and research institutes and organizations all over Europe. Other employers are in the field of environmental monitoring. Some of the major European space players are ESA, EADS/Astrium, and RUAG   Space. In Sweden a major player is SSC (former Swedish Space Corporation).... [-]


Master Programme in Space Science and Technology - Erasmus Mundus

Luleå University of Technology
Campus Full time October 2017 Sweden Kiruna

Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Space Science and Technology - SpaceMaster provides top-class research and professional oriented modules in space science and technology [+]

Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Space Science and Technology, 120.0 Credits

Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Space Science and Technology - SpaceMaster provides top-class research and professional oriented modules in space science and technology for students from the whole world. The educational cooperation is supported by scientific and industrial space organisations, thus providing direct contacts with professional research and industry.Students receive Master Diploma certificates from two European universities. The Course Consortium consists of six European universities, two Third-Country universities and five associated members.

European universities:

    Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (LTU)     Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany (JMUW)     Cranfield University, UK(CU)     Aalto University, Finland (AALTO)     CzechTechnical University, Prague, Czech Republic (CTU)     Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III, France (UPS) ... [-]

Master Programme in Spacecraft Design

Luleå University of Technology
Campus Full time September 2017 Sweden Kiruna

This two-year program is focused on one of the most exciting and prestigious areas there are: design of spacecraft. This includes integration of complex technical system [+]

Master Program in Spacecraft Design, 120.0 Credits

This two-year program is focused on one of the most exciting and prestigious areas there are: design of spacecraft. This includes integration of complex technical systems that must work in an extreme environment: space. The course is given in Kiruna, located well north of the arctic circle. This “space capital” of Sweden gives you close contact with organizations active in space engineering.A spacecraft, which also is called a satellite if its orbit is bound to a celestial body, is designed around the payload instruments it shall carry and the environment it shall work in. During the first year of the course you acquire knowledge about the space environment,   which the spacecraft shall operate in, and also how it travels and orients itself in space. You learn about the various subsystems which make up the spacecraft and how it communicates with the surrounding world. Further, you get an understanding for the specific space electronics that are required and learn how the on-board computers work. You also get an insight into typical payloads that a satellite may carry.The second year you are working with computer design of a spacecraft, fit to carry the instruments that are constructed by you and your colleagues. Here, a large part of the education and work is done in project form and as group work. Your master thesis work is performed at a space technology company, space organization, or academic department, in Kiruna or other part of the world.A space research environment, unique for Europe, has been established in Kiruna. Here you find the Swedish Institute for Space Physics. The Institute builds satellite instruments for distant travel to other planets and celestial bodies. Sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons are launched from Esrange. Their missions may concern ozone research as well as studies of the origin of universe. The international radar organization EISCAT has also one of its receiving stations in Kiruna, where they perform studies of meteors and the northern lights.The education is cooperating with these players and thus gives you the opportunity to evaluate satellite instruments with balloon flights to the stratosphere, shaking tests, and tests in a vacuum chamber.The lectures are in English.... [-]