MSc Space Science & Technology

Academic Year 2020/2021

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. 

Download the MSc Space Science & Technology brochure (pdf)

  • Open to all graduates of physics and engineering 
  • Tailor your curriculum via 'options' modules 
  • Workshop sessions with senior industry practitionors

Careers & Employability

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, Curtiss-Wright, and ESA. The MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone to PhD research. 

Curricular information is subject to change

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 physics and engineering who wants to apply their undergraduate expertise in the Space sector. 

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. 

    • Apply acquired knowledge and skills to a individual research project in the field
    • Describe the state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in 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.
    • Engage actively in professional networking within the field 
    • Work in cross-disciplinary, international teams on paper studies and laboratory projects

    MSc Space Science & Technology (F060) Full Time
    EU          fee per year - € 8750
    nonEU    fee per year - € 25600

    ***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.

    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.

    Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information 

    These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

    Graduate Daniel Vagg 

    “My favourite part was the Space Mission Design field-trip to Tenerife. We worked in competing international teams. This was an incredible and unique experience. My industry placement was with the US multinational Curtiss-Wright, who provide data-handling for rockets such as the SpaceX Dragon capsules. Now I work for a new UCD spin-out company as software systems architect for accessing data from ESA's Gaia satellite mission.”

    Graduate James Harpur 

    "Being able to choose courses to suit my interests meant I could happily decide on the balance between laboratory and classroom learning. I could also then study engineering courses, which were new to me and which I felt were suitable for my future career. Highlights included a week-long trip in Tenerife, and building a can-sized satellite.

    The following entry routes are available:

    MSc Space Science&TechFT(NL) (F060)
    1 Years
    Full Time
    Rolling *

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