Research course

Space Instrumentation and Imaging

Institution
Open University · Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute - PSSRI
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

PhD: Entry requirements vary according to the research topic and/or specific studentships. The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a masters degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you have a qualification from outside the UK, or you are not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us by email before applying. MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

Months of entry

October

Course content

We perform research and development of technologies and instruments which feed into the next generation of missions for space science. Our research provides developments which feed into the subject areas of astronomy, planetary science, solar physics, Earth observation and space weather.

We have a vibrant community of research staff and PhD students, and active involvement in many of the main space science missions which are currently under development. Our expertise has many applications well beyond the bounds of space science – attracting interest from a range of industrial partners.

The key elements of this research discipline are:

  • The Centre for Electronic Imaging
  • Space Instrumentation.
Key facts
  • We were part of the UoA7 submission from The Open University, which achieved 6th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework power ranking (reflecting the quality and cohort size), with 77 per cent of our outputs achieving 3*/4* grades.
  • As part of the Department of Physical Sciences, postgraduate students in Space Instrumentation and Imaging benefit from specific research skills training related to their subject areas (e.g. astronomical computing, statistics) in addition to their individual research project supervision, as well as general.
  • We have been involved in several successful space missions with ESA and NASA including the Rosetta mission to comet 67P, and current and future missions including ExoMars, Gaia, IXO, Euclid, and UKube-1.
Facilities Our facilities include environment chambers capable of simulating martian surface conditions, facilities to investigate radiation damage of semiconductor imaging technology, high-velocity impact testing, and space instrumention design and building facilities.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months

MPhil

distance learning
variable months
full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036