SpaceMaster - International/Multidisciplinary

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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), Sweden (Coordinating University)
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto), Finland
Cranfield University (CU), United Kingdom
Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Czech Republic
Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg (JMUW), Germany
University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science (Todai), Japan
Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier (UT3), France

Associated Partners:

EISCAT Scientific Association (EISCAT)
ESC Aerospace (ESC, doc)
Honeywell Aerospace CZ (Honeywell)
Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)
Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
Utah State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (USU), U.S.A.


The main objective of the Course is to combine the great diversity of space expertise at seven universities onto a common platform. The educational cooperation is supported by scientific and industrial organisations, thus providing direct contact 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 the partner universities, associated partners and other space oriented companies and research organisations.

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.