Research course

Cube Satellite Research

Open University · School of Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Expressions of interest should normally be accompanied by an up-to-date CV.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

The Centre for Electronic Imaging and the Space Instrumentation Group at The Open University have been involved in several Cube Satellite initiatives over recent years. The CEI provided a flight-imaging instrument for UKube-1 which is returning data from orbit, and we are currently in the process of developing a second instrument for AlSat-Nano. We have also performed studies into possible technology and missions for CubeSats both to evaluate new technology, and perform science measurements in space. The Cube satellite research studentship would span a range of activities from development of concepts, to build and design of hardware, and analysis of flight data.

Current/recent research projects

  • Development of an X-ray camera for the OGRE sounding rocket
  • Development of an imaging camera for UKube-1
  • Investigation of electron multiplying CCD technology for space astronomy
  • Radiation damage in scientific sensors for space
  • Development of CMOS imager for the JANUS camera on JUICE

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 858253