Space Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
The Master of Space Studies at KU Leuven programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to these myriad challenges and opportunities. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a Master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions.

About

The space sector plays an important role in economic, social, technological and scientific developments. The future of the sector and its manifold applications require highly skilled experts with a broad interdisciplinary perspective. The development of innovative space technologies is fostered by an intense symbiosis between technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. Additionally, the economic and social valorisation of space technologies requires an efficient relationship between project developers and the economic sector.

The Space Studies programme is offered by the KU Leuven.  

The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management. The international character of the space sector and of its broad applications, including the relevance of space for security and defence, implies a need for European and international legal and political measures.

Career perspectives

Graduates will be in a position to develop a career in the space sector or in space research.

Depending on his/her previous degree, the student will find opportunities in the space industry (engineers, product developers and technical-commercial functions with a high degree of technical and financial responsibilities), research institutions with activities in space (researchers and project developers), (inter)governmental bodies with responsibilities in research and development programmes related to space (project managers and directors, policy makers on national, European and international levels). The spectrum of employment possibilities encompasses not only the space sector as such, but also the broader context of companies and organisations which use or are facilitated by space missions.

Programme Structure

    Courses:
    • Fundamental Science from Space 
    • Engineering Design of Space Missions and 
    • Spacecraf Components 
    • Earth Observation 
    • Questions in Space Studies 
    • Space Law, Policy, Business and Management 

            Detailed Programme Facts

            • Programme intensity Full-time
              • Full-time duration 12 months
            • Credits
              60 ECTS
            • Languages
              • English
            • Delivery mode
              On Campus

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            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score:

              7

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              550

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              80

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            Academic Requirements

            The criteria for admission to the programme include the following:
            • the candidate has obtained an initial Master's degree for which he/she can motivate the relevance for space studies
            • the candidate presents a 2 page essay with a consistent view of the importance of the programme for his/her professional expectations, in view of the candidate's previous education programmes- the candidate may be invited to an intake interview

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              6000 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
            • EU/EEA Applies to you

              6000 EUR/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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            Living costs for Leuven

            • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
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