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Space Science & Technology

MSc Space Science & Technology
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
You will receive broad exposure to all areas of Space Science & Technology, from understanding the detector payload and spacecraft requirements to space mission design, project management and proposal writing.
• Open to all graduates of physics and engineering
• Tailor your curriculum via 'options' modules
• Workshop sessions with senior industry practitioners

Vision and Values Statement
This course provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges of operating in the Space sector. Students develop an appreciation of the nature and origin of constraints that impact on diverse areas of expertise within this highly cross-disciplinary sector, and develop skills relevant to a variety of space-related roles. The course aims to significantly enhances the student's employment prospects in the Space sector, and to open up pathways to space-related research. Entry is open to graduates of physics or engineering.

The learning environment is research-based, with extensive expertise available to the students. The students will experience an environment where cross-disciplinary, industry and international connections are rich. The programme is strongly supported by industry through curriculum delivery and the provision of internship opportunities.

Teaching and learning approaches evolve as the course progresses, from a traditional lecture and exam style approach to autonomous self-directed learning and continuous assessment. The course culminates in a professional placement, either in academia or industry. In reaching this point, the student is supported in their learning through lectures, practical/laboratory work, small project work, seminars, and the advancement of team and self-directed skills.

Programme Outcomes
• Describe the state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in the field
• Apply acquired knowledge and skills to a individual research project in the field
• Work in cross-disciplinary, international teams on paper studies and laboratory projects
• Engage actively in professional networking within the field
• Draw on a suite of professional skills specific to the field, such as project management, proposal writing, and space science communication skills.
• Draw on a suite of transferrable skills, such as problem solving, scientific report writing, and presentation skills.

Entry requirements

• Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2.2 award in an honours degree in Physical Science, Maths, Computer Science or Engineering. (NFQ Level 8 or International equivalent) .
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year full time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Career opportunities include space research (mission specialist, payload scientist, mission planner), space-based applications (Earth observation and environmental monitoring, satellite navigation, telecommunications, space weather, radiation science, spacecraft engineering, manned space flight, space tourism), and enabling technology propulsion (simulations and testing orbital mechanics and materials).

Top European employers include Airbus, Thales, Moog, Curtiss-Wright, and ESA. The MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone to PhD research.

Related Programmes
MSc Physics (Negotiated Learning) FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Dr Deirdre Coffey
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 2823

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
The Space Environment

Applications of Space Science

Space Sector Professional Skills

Satellite Subsystems

Physics Research Project 30

Space Detector Laboratory (10)

Space Mission Design (10)

Stage 1 - Option
Remote Sensing

Data Science in Python

Data Science in Python (MD)

Planetary Geomorphology

Technical Comms (Online)

Stellar Astrophysics & Astronomical Techniques

Galaxies, Observational Cosmology & the Interstellar Medium

Theoretical Astrophysics

Physics Demonstrating\Tutoring


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is ideal for any graduate of Science, Engineering, Computing or Maths who wants to apply their undergraduate expertise in the Space sector.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Space Science & Tech FT(NL) (F060)
Duration: 1 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc Space Science & Technology (F060) Full Time
EU fee per year - €8,475
non EU fee per year - €24,800

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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