SpaceMaster - International/Multidisciplinary

Joint European Master in Space Science and Technology,
120 ECTS in a 2-year degree programme

Consortium of Universities responsible for the SpaceMaster Course:

Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Kiruna, Sweden (Coordinating University)
Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg (JMUW), Germany
Cranfield University (CU), United Kingdom
Czech Technical University (CTU), Prague, Czech Republic
Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto), Helsinki, Finland
Université Toulouse 3 (UT3), France
University of Tokyo (Todai), Japan

External Advisory Board

Associated Members:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)
Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter) Scientific Association (EISCAT)
Honeywell s.r.o. (Honeywell)
Utah State University (USU), Logan, U.S.A.
European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company, Innovation Works Division (EADS)


The main objective of the Course is to combine the great diversity of space expertise at six European universities and two Third-Country universities to a common platform of competence within the guidelines of the Bologna process. The educational cooperation is supported by scientific and industrial organisations, thus providing direct contacts with professional research and industry.

Another objective is to give the students cross-disciplinary extension from laboratory and computer simulation environments to hands-on work with stratospheric balloons, rockets, satellite and radar control, robotics, sensor data fusion, automatic control and multi-body dynamics.

The Course brings together students from around the world to share their existing competence in space science and technology and to develop it with Europe's space industry and research community. The added value of the SpaceMaster Course compared with other Courses in the same field can be summarised as:

  • structured cooperation between the academic institutions and industry
  • education influenced by current advances in research
  • increased intercultural understanding and integration
  • structured cooperation between the universities via the use of the ECTS grading system, combining together different educational models
  • exchange of experience for both the academic and administrative staff
  • a wide range of specializations improves career prospects of students.

Course Structure

The Course has a common first year for all students. 1st semester takes place at JMUW, Würzburg, Germany, 2nd semester takes place at LTU, Kiruna Space Campus, Sweden. During the 3rd semester the students are distributed among the six European universities. The students select the track of specialization for the 3rd and 4th semesters when they apply. The distribution for the 3rd and 4th semesters is finalized in the middle of the 2nd semester. During the 4th semester the students perform their Master thesis projects in six European universities and two Third-Country universities.

A detailed description of the Course tracks and modules is given under Studies.

The language of instruction is mainly English.

Degrees Awarded

The Master Degree is achieved after successful accomplishment of 120 ECTS. The student who fulfil the requirements for the Master Degree receive a double Master Diploma, i.e. a Diploma certificate from Luleå University of Technology and a Diploma certificate from the second European partner university.