Taught course

Space Science and Technology

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification will typically require a minimum of an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in one of: physics, astronomy, geosciences, chemistry, engineering or mathematics. Entry without an honours degree in one of these areas is at the discretion of the Qualification Lead and will depend on qualifications and relevant work experience.

Space science (S818) should be studied as the first module in the qualification and the compulsory Masters level project in physical sciences (SXS841), as the final module in the qualification. Any prior entry requirements (pre-requisites) on constituent optional modules will need to be met separately, where these may apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This qualification looks at space science and the technology that underpins it. Developed in consultation with the UK Space Agency and the space industry, it’s suitable for developing a career in the space sector. This MSc will equip you with the skills to conduct individual and team scientific investigations using space-based instrumentation. In addition, you’ll learn how to use a programming language for space science applications and develop skills relevant to further research or employment in the space sector. You’ll also conduct an in-depth research project in space science or technology.

Key features of the course

  • Develops skills in conducting science related to the space environment through the use of remote experiments
  • Explores current debates in space and planetary sciences using data from space missions
  • Develops technical and professional skills according to individual needs and interests
  • Culminates with an in-depth individual research project in space science or space technology

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and funding, please visit The Open University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Open University
0300 303 5303