Our Space Exploration Systems MSc focuses on robotic and human space exploration. The degree is managed by an international joint academic-industrial consortium with partners in France, Italy and the UK
Designed for physicists and engineers, this cutting-edge course explores space systems engineering, space instrumentation, the space environment, space power systems (including nuclear power systems) and space mission design. Over the duration of the course, you will acquire the core applied physics and engineering skills required to develop space systems and missions from initial concept through design, assembly and verification, to launch and operations.
You will have the opportunity to work with academic and industrial practitioners in three countries, to acquire the knowledge and skills expected by space exploration research groups and the space industry in the 21st century academic and commercial sectors.
This course bridges the divide between systems engineering and space and planetary science. For physicists, it provides the systems engineering knowledge required to work in industry. For engineers, it will stimulate an appreciation for space science, and the enabling technologies for robotic and human space exploration and instrumentation which contribute to that science.
You will be educated in an international environment, and will graduate equipped with the top-level competency, professional skills and advanced space project experience needed to meet the requirements of the European and international space sectors.
The information included on this webpage is indicative of the courses provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website and Terms and Conditions for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information before submitting an application.
2:1 BSc, BEng, MPhys, MEng or Masters (or equivalent) in Physics or Engineering.
We may consider applicants with a 2:2, or a degree in another science subject, on a case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Foundations of Professional Space Science and Engineering
MATLAB and CAD
Systems Engineering and Spacecraft Systems
Spaceflight Dynamics and Propulsion
Space and Planetary Environment, Planetary Surfaces
Spacecraft Instrumentation for Space and Planetary Science
Human Spaceflight and Nuclear Systems
Advanced Spacecraft Engineering
On the MSc only, you will also study:
Major Research Project
Optional Space Exploration Development Systems (SEEDS) research project in UK, France and Italy
The SEEDS (Space Exploration Development Systems) international placement is an optional extra project during which you will work in multidisciplinary teams on topical space exploration research projects, designed in collaboration with advisors from the space industry.
Leicester’s partners in SEEDS are the Politecnico di Torino in Italy and the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in France. All three institutions have strong links with the space industry, a heritage of space research and exploration, and high-level expertise in the delivery of teaching. You will spend two months at each institution and will be required to cover basic travel and subsistence costs. The course is taught in English at all three sites.
The international SEEDS programme is supported and endorsed by the Italian (ASI), French (CMES) and UK Space Agencies, as well as Thales Alenia Space, ALTEC and numerous other companies and institutions.
The MSc in Space Exploration Systems will provide you with the training and high-level skills required to meet the needs of the European or international space sector, whether in academia or industry.
By working in collaboration with industry, we can ensure that the project work and course content remains topical and relevant to industry needs and practices as the sector develops.
The skills you will develop in the project phase are excellent preparation for life in the workplace. Your knowledge and understanding of the pressures of industry-level projects will be greatly enhanced, and you will perfect the interpersonal skills required to work as part of a successful cross-disciplinary team.
Alternatively, this course offers a solid foundation for further study if you want to take a PhD or pursue a research career in applied/experimental physics or engineering.
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