Space Science & Tehnology

Open University in Ireland

Space Science & Tehnology

This qualification looks at space science and the technology that underpins it. It's suitable whether the subject interests you or you want to develop a career in the space sector. We developed this MSc in consultation with the UK Space Agency and the space industry itself. It'll equip you with the skills to carry out individual and team scientific investigations using space-based instrumentation. Learn how to use a programming language in support of space science applications. Develop skills that are relevant to further research or employment in the space sector. You'll also conduct an in depth research project in space science or space technology.

Key features of the course
•Develops skills in conducting science related to the space environment through the use of remote experiments.

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

•Develops technical and professional skills according to individual needs and interests.

•Culminates with an in-depth individual research project in space science or space technology.

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits.

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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. Entry without an honours degree in one of these areas is at the discretion of the Qualification Lead and will depend on qualifications and relevant work experience. Please contact us at the link below stating that you wish to be considered for non-standard entry to the MSc in Space Science and Technology and give a detailed account of your qualifications and relevant experience.

Space science (S818) should be studied as the first module in the qualification and the compulsory Masters level project in physical sciences (SXS841), as the final module in the qualification. Any prior entry requirements (pre-requisites) on constituent optional modules will need to be met separately, where these may apply. For further advice, contact us.


3 - 7 years.

How long it takes
This qualification can be completed within three years, and up to a maximum of seven years of the start of the first module.

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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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible

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