Research course

Spaceflight Mass Spectrometry

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


Course content

The scientists in the Centre for Electronic Imaging and the Space Instrumentation Group at The Open University have been involved in the development of instruments for space applications for many decades. Although the use of detectors for space astronomy is a very specialised area, the basic principals can be applied to a wide range of fields.

Over recent years we have, for example, taken research towards the International X-ray Observatory and considered how this could benefit synchrotron research; the detection of low energy X-rays in specialised cameras is essentially the same process whether in a laboratory or orbiting in space. In this multidisciplinary project, we will be looking at how expertise built through space research can be transferred to exciting new ground-based applications, from synchrotron research to medical imaging.

Our studentships span a range of activities at the cutting edge of detector development, and offer the chance to work closely with scientists from within the research group and the detector manufacturers, e2v technologies, to give experience of both academia and industry.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Administrative support
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