Master Online

Space Science

The Open University UK

9 months
3855 GBP/year
2630 GBP/year
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Spacecraft missions play a vital role in the exploration of the solar system and the more distant universe. This Space Science module from The Open University UK introduces, in depth, the methods of conducting scientific measurements in the space environment and the technologies behind spacecraft and space missions.


The Space Science module from The Open University UK makes extensive use of online remote experiments and facilities to develop your practical scientific skills and to allow you to engage in collaborative team-working activities that are the hallmark of spacecraft operations. The module is good preparation for further academic research in space science, and develops skills and knowledge that are relevant to employment in the space sector.

Vocational relevance

The module is of particular relevance for students seeking employment not just in space science research, but more generally in the space sector. Particular strengths of this module are that it develops skills in the quantitative analysis of science and engineering data obtained from spacecraft, and requires students to have a good understanding of spacecraft systems. This module is particularly relevant to employment in roles that are concerned with the acquisition, handling and interpretation of data obtained by space-based instrumentation.

Programme Structure

  • This module makes extensive use of real space missions to highlight the challenges of spaceflight and illustrate the diversity of topics encompassed by space science. An introductory section covering the basic concepts of spaceflight and spacecraft design is followed by four in-depth case studies. These consider science topics in lunar and planetary exploration, as well as space-based astronomy.
  • You’ll see how science goals translate into the engineering requirements of spacecraft and their operation. Online practical work supports each case study – for example, using a robotic telescope to observe variable stars or a microscope to study hypervelocity impacts on spacecraft materials.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • We would typically expect students to have an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in physics, astronomy, geosciences, chemistry, engineering or mathematics. Note that we do not require previous study in space science or astronomy.

  • It’s essential you have the necessary background knowledge and experience. The booklet Are You Ready For S818? will help you decide if you’re ready to start the module or you need some extra preparation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3855 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3855 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    2630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2630 GBP per year during 9 months.


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