An essential part of the UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics mission is to provide high quality teaching and research project opportunities to develop the core skills of the space scientists and engineers of the 21st century: we achieve this by realising an effective knowledge transfer of MSSL’s worldwide recognised technology and science base, and by combining it with the outstanding expertise in communications engineering offered by the UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. This is one of the leading research-led departments in its subject area worldwide, and conducts pioneering work into novel systems and applications; this is reflected in the innovative content of its teaching, which also builds on long-established links with industry.
From the collaboration of the two Departments stems the MSc Programme in ‘Space Science & Engineering’. The taught element is delivered by internationally known scientists that provide state-of-the-art technology and science content to the lectures. A large part of the Programme is project-based, for which Master’s students work alongside top engineers building and testing instruments for space. The close contact that MSSL enjoys with space agencies such as ESA and NASA and with industrial research teams encourages the development of transferable skills, such as project management, which enhance job prospects after gaining a Master’s degree, both in academic and industrial circles, and beyond.
The normal entry requirement for this MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate Programme is at least a second class Honours degree, or its equivalent. The main component of the applicant’s degree subject should normally be physics or electronic engineering (for the pathway in Space Technology), or physics (for the Space Science pathway).
The MSc Programme lasts for one calendar year (September — September).