Space Studies

KU Leuven

12 months
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The Master of Space Studies programme at KU Leuven is designed to prepare scientists to respond to a myriad of challenges and opportunities within the space sector. The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management and requires a truly international response with accompanying  European and international legal and political measures.


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 the technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. 

With this Master of Space Studies programme at KU Leuven you will learn, through interaction with industry, the skills necessary to compete for employment and research opportunities from among the broad applications of the space industry, including security and defence. 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.


Graduates will be in a position to develop a career in the space sector or in space research; taking up roles in the space industry (engineers, product developers and technical-commercial functions), 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), policymakers on the national, European and international levels and in a broad range of companies and organisations which use or are facilitated by space missions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The interdisciplinary Master of Space Studies programme is open to students who have already obtained a Master's degree.

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


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