MSc Space Science & Technology

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

You will receive broad exposure to key areas of Space Science & Technology, from understanding the detector payload and spacecraft requirements, to space mission design, project management and proposal writing. 

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  • Open to all graduates of physics and engineering 
  • Tailor your curriculum via 'options' modules 
  • Workshop sessions with senior industry practitionors

Careers & Employability

Career opportunities include space research (mission specialist, payload scientist, mission planner), space-based applications (Earth observation and environmental monitoring, satellite navigation, telecommunications, space weather, radiation science, spacecraft engineering, manned space flight, space tourism), and enabling technology propulsion (simulations and testing orbital mechanics and materials).

Top European employers include Airbus, Thales, Curtiss-Wright, and ESA. The MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone to PhD research. 

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is suitable for graduates of physics or engineering who want to apply their undergraduate expertise in the space sector. 

This course engages students with the context, practices and methodologies of the rapidly evolving global space sector, so they are equipped to succeed in a wide range of roles.

The development of skills in critical thinking, technical writing and collaborative team-working is embedded throughout the programme.  

International standards for effective space project management provide the real-world framework and context within which professional skills are honed through assignments, laboratory work, field trips, reports and projects. 

Extensive space expertise is available to students who experience a learning environment where cross-disciplinary, industry and international connections are rich.

The programme is delivered with the support of space agencies and industry through networking, training and internship opportunities.  

  • Describe the state-of-the-art of knowledge in space science and technology
  • Apply acquired knowledge and technical skills in the space industry, or in graduate research
  • Draw on a suite of relevant professional and transferable skills
  • Engage actively in professional networking within the field 
  • Participate constructively in multi-disciplinary, international teams

MSc Space Science & Technology (F060) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9100
nonEU    fee per year - € 26400

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

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.

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information 

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Graduate Katelin Smith 

Coming from a primarily physics background, this course provided me with great exposure to engineering and design aspects of the space industry. I completed my internship at Eblana Photonics Ltd., a company which produces semiconductor laser diodes. Eblana currently have some exciting contracts with ESA and a wide range of products for space-based sensing applications. Following my internship I was hired by Eblana and now work as an R&D test engineer.

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Space Science&TechFT(NL) (F060)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised