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Space Science & Tehnology

This qualification is for those interested in space science, and the technology that underpins it, or who want to develop a career in the space sector. Developed in consultation with the UK Space Agency and the space industry itself, this MSc equips you with the skills to carry out scientific investigations using space-based instrumentation, both individually and as a team. You'll learn how to use a programming language in support of space science applications and develop other 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 in the space environment through the use of robotic 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.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

•Knowledge and understanding
•Cognitive skills
•Practical and professional skills
•Key skills

Credit transfer

If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Master of Science entitling you to use the letters MSc (SpST) (Open) after your name. The degree will be classified as pass, merit or distinction. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

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 MSc project module for MSc in Space Science and Technology (SXS810), 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.

Duration

3 - 7 years.

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

Number of credits

180 credits

Careers or further progression

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.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

60 credits from:

Module Credits
Space science (S818) 60

30 credits from:

Module Credits
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30
Project management (M815) 30
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30

30 credits from:

List B: Optional modules Credits
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804) 30
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30
Software development (M813) 30
Software engineering (M814) 30

60 credits from:

Module Credits
MSc project module for MSc in Space Science and Technology (SXS810) 60

You should note that the University's unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time.

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