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Course summary

On this unique master's, you'll focus on the design of all elements involved in a space mission, and use an integrated approach, which demonstrates how the various component subsystems function and interface with each other. This master's has a strong practical focus. We are uniquely placed to offer this programme, drawing extensively from courses provided to the European Space Agency by our Astronautics group. Our course is suitable if you have previously studied physics or engineering.


Compulsory modules include: Advanced Astronautics; Concurrent Engineering Design; Spacecraft Orbital Mechanics; Spacecraft Propulsion; Spacecraft Structural Design; Space Systems Engineering; Spacecraft Instrumentation; MSc Research Project. Optional modules include: Applications of CFD, Principles of Photovoltaics, Fuel Cells and Batteries; Turbulence; Space Environment; Hypersonic and High Temperature Gas Dynamics; Introduction to Machine Learning. For a full list of modules please visit:

Assessment method

Examinations, presentations, coursework and dissertation

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Accreditation of European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
  • Engineering Council
  • Aeronautical Society, Royal
  • Mechanical Engineers, Institution of

How to apply

International applicants

English language: Band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours or higher in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences or a related subject.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information
Space Systems Engineering at University of Southampton - UCAS