Students will do their Master thesis work valued at a minimum of 30 ECTS (45 ECTS for CU) during the 4th semester. Thesis work may be performed at the host university of the second year, Third-Country partner universities, associated members, industry or research institutions related to the Course specialisations.
The thesis work at UPS can be performed in Toulouse with a large amount of support from industry and research institutions. For instance applied thesis work could be carried out at companies like Thales Alenia Space, or at CNES. Research-related thesis work could be carried out in the laboratories belonging to the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory.
Thesis work at CU can be undertaken on campus, in association with UK space industry (Astrium, Vega), at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) of the UK Research Councils or in collaboration with the Open University.
CTU, Aalto, JMUW
The thesis work at CTU, TKK and JMUW can be performed around the laboratories at the universities and/or in space-related research projects supervised by the universities.
The thesis work at LTU, Kiruna can be performed within the Department of Space Science, Satellite Atmospheric Research Group. The group uses satellite sensors to study Earth's atmosphere and climate system. The focus is on humidity and clouds in the Earth's troposphere. These projects deal with simulations, evaluation of data from satellite sensors, development of new satellite instruments, and development and application of in-situ ice particle sensors. Excellent facilities and thesis supervision are offered by the associated members: the Swedish Institute of Space Physics with departments in Kiruna, Umeå, Uppsala and Lund; the Swedish Space Corporation at Esrange Space Center, Vidsel test range and Solna; EISCAT Scientific Association.
Thesis work in space sciences and related technologies could be done in the Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo, in some cases in cooperation with the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Thesis subjects include developmental/experimental work in terms of instrumental/observational methods and ground calibration facilities for Japanese or international space exploration missions, and development of data analysis/display systems based on image processing techniques using actual spacecraft data.
Thesis research at Utah State University will be supervised by faculty members in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Atmospheric Physics department. Students will be matched with faculty members based on the research topic selection. Research collaboration with the Space Dynamics Laboratory will be encouraged.
The individual Master thesis will be assessed jointly by at least three persons, i.e. a supervisor from the organisation where the thesis work is performed, an examiner from the student’s host university for the second year in Europe and an examiner from LTU since LTU is responsible for the 2nd core semester. For the students who spend the second year at LTU the second examiner will be appointed either from JMUW or from UPS. The reason is that JMUW is responsible for the 1st core semester, but UPS has a Scientific Track as well as LTU. The choice between JMUW and UPS will depend on the chosen Master thesis topic. That will allow the academicians to perform the thesis supervision within their own scientific areas, and thus increase the quality of the research performed and the final thesis.