• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
This postgraduate qualification in Space Science and Technology from The Open University UK is for those interested in space science, and the technology that underpins it. You’ll learn how to use a programming language in support of space science applications and develop other skills that are relevant to further research or employment in the space sector.

About

This Space Science and Technology programme from The Open University UK equips students with the skills to carry out scientific investigations using space-based instrumentation, both individually and as a team. 

Students learn how to use a programming language in support of space science applications and develop other skills that are relevant to further research or employment in the space sector. The qualification also requires students to conduct an in-depth research project on a topic in space science or space technology.

Key features of the course

  • Develops skills in conducting science in the space environment through the use of robotic experiments
  • Explores current debates in space and planetary sciences using data from space missions
  • Develops technical and professional skills according to individual needs and interests
  • Culminates with an in-depth individual research project in space science or space technology.

Career relevance

This qualification is directly relevant to scientific and technical careers in the space sector. It is particularly relevant to roles that are concerned with acquisition, handing and interpretation of data obtained by space-based instrumentation.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Space science
  • Managing technological innovation
  • Project management 
  • Strategic capabilities for technological innovation 
  • Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications
  • Manufacture materials design 
  • Software development
  • Software engineering

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      3-7 years
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Entry to this qualification will typically require a minimum of an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in one of: physics, astronomy, geosciences, chemistry, engineering or mathematics. 
  • Entry without an honours degree in one of these areas is at the discretion of the Qualification Lead and will depend on qualifications and relevant work experience.
  • Space science (S818) should be studied as the first module in the qualification and the compulsory MSc project module for MSc in Space Science and Technology (SXS810), as the final module in the qualification.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3708 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11120 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3708 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11120 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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