M.Sc. On Campus

Space Science and Technology

12 months
27720 EUR/year
9560 EUR/year
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This Space Science and Technology programme at University College Dublin is ideal for graduates of Physics, Engineering and closely related disciplines, who want to transfer their expertise to the fast-growing global space sector. Ireland is a member of the European Space Agency (ESA) and dozens of Irish companies and researchers are involved in major international space missions. 


Course highlights include a hands-on CubeSat lab, payload development and satellite systems engineering of a high-altitude balloon experiment and participation in an international mission design team project. A 3-month internship provides relevant training for industry or research and can lead to employment. Students have completed internships at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC), ESA, NASA-Ames, Cosine, ENBIO, InnaLabs, Skytek, Eblana Photonics and Réaltra.

Careers & Employability

The Space Science and Technology programme at University College Dublin is space industry focused, while also preparing graduates to pursue careers in related sectors, and in research. Satellite operator, test engineer, mission specialist, payload scientist and systems engineer are all roles that are in demand globally. Earth observation and environmental monitoring (especially to meet sustainable development goals), navigation, telecommunications and meteorology are application areas that rely heavily on graduates with satellite expertise. 

The MSc can act as a stepping-stone to PhD research in areas such as atmospheric physics, space physics, aeronautics, propulsion and astrophysics, and to traineeships at European Space Agency establishments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Space Environment
  • Applications of Space Science
  • Space Sector Professional Skills
  • Satellite Subsystems
  • Space Detector Laboratory
  • Space Mission Design 
  • Space Sector Internship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Entrance to the programme normally requires a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in Physics, Engineering, or a closely related discipline (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent).
  • In special circumstances, students with a strong Physics or Engineering background and lower second class honours degree may be accepted.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27720 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 27720 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9560 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9560 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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