M.Sc. On Campus

Space Systems Engineering

University of Southampton

12 months
28000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Develop your expertise in spacecraft engineering at the Space Systems Engineering MSc course, unique to the University of Southampton. Developed by world-class experts from our Astronautics Research Group and endorsed by the UK Space Agency, it will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue further specialism, whether you’re a recent engineering, science or maths graduate.


Course Details

At the Space Systems Engineering MSc course offered by the University of Southampton you'll gain a detailed overview of how to design a total space system. You’ll learn how the various component subsystems function and integrate with one another, and gain advanced knowledge of space systems engineering. 

Drawing on content from the professional courses we run for the European Space Agency and spacecraft industry, this master's course is ideal for both graduates and those who already have some professional experience of astronautics or aerospace engineering.

The degree has a strong practical focus. You’ll take part in individual and group design projects as well as conducting your own critical research project, allowing you to develop your expertise in spacecraft engineering. 

You’ll be able to put theory into practice with the help of world-class facilities such as our spacecraft propulsion laboratory, autonomous systems test bed and shaker table.

Career Opportunities

Endorsed by the UK Space Agency, this course has a strong industry reputation and will equip astronautics and aerospace engineering professionals for further specialisation in spacecraft engineering. 

Roles you'll be qualified for include spacecraft systems engineer and aerospace software engineer. Our graduates have gone on to work at organisations including:  

  • Airbus 
  • Canadian Space Agency 
  • GMV 
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

You’ll also be in the perfect position to continue your studies at PhD level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concurrent Engineering Design
  • Spacecraft Structural Design
  • Space Environment
  • Advanced Astronautics
  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Spacecraft Propulsion
  • Spacecraft Orbital Mechanics and Control
  • Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems
  • Systems Reliability
  • Turbulence: Physics and modelling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree in engineering, maths, physical sciences or a related subject. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £28,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /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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