Space Science

Open University in Ireland

Space Science

Designed for those with an academic or professional interest in space science, this qualification provides students with a wide-ranging overview of scientific measurement in the space environment, and will equip students with the skills required to carry out scientific investigations using space-based instrumentation, both individually and as a team.

Key features of the course

• Develops skills in conducting science in the space environment through the use of remote experiments

• Explores current debates in space and planetary sciences using data from space missions

This postgraduate certificate is the same as the first half of our Postgraduate Diploma in Space Science and Technology (E90) and the first third of our MSc in Space Science and Technology (F77).

How long it takes

The qualification can be completed within 12 months.

Subjects taught


To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits as follows:

60 credits from:


• Space science (S818) 60 Credits

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

For module details please see "Course Web Page".

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification will typically require a minimum of an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in one of: physics, astronomy, geosciences, chemistry, engineering or mathematics.


1 year

Enrolment dates

See Course Web Page link for next start date.

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Career relevance

This qualification is directly relevant to scientific and technical careers in the space sector. It is particularly relevant to roles that are concerned with acquisition, handing and interpretation of data obtained by space-based instrumentation.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible

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