Taught course

Space Engineering

University of Birmingham · School of Metallurgy and Materials

Entry requirements

Obtaining a 2.1 Honours degree in a physical science or engineering subject.

Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree in the above disciplines along with appropriate industrial experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Advances in Spacecraft Engineering are creating the opportunity for us to explore further than ever before. Our Space Engineering Masters course provides the skills and knowledge you need to significantly enhance your career prospects in this growing sector, by developing your abilities in spacecraft engineering.

This new programme provides a postgraduate qualification in spacecraft engineering, covering the full life cycle of space missions. Through the use of lectures, practical laboratories, group activities and individual projects students will develop a broad range of skills and knowledge to support industrial, defence, and scientific applications within this growing sector.

The programme aims

  • To equip you with advanced scientific knowledge, concepts and skills necessary for a research or technology development career in spacecraft engineering, with particular focus on the space environment and its hazards and mitigation, and materials and manufacturing for space applications.
  • To provide you with the opportunity to carry out individual research project work in spacecraft technology and engineering, to acquire the generic research skills necessary to engage in future research or study and to enable you to report research outcomes to an audience.
  • To produce graduates with broad knowledge and research skills of spacecraft technology and engineering, hence prepare students for further academic study and/or industrial employment.

Why study Space Engineering Masters at Birmingham:

  • The MSc programme is rooted in high-quality teaching and learning through enquiry-based and independent study, producing high calibre graduates equipped with the skills to excel in a technical role in the space sector.
  • The flexibility this programme offers will allow you to specialise in an area of spacecraft engineering most suited to your skills and career aspirations.
  • You will benefit from our established links with industry, which can be utilised during the dissertation projects and form a solid networking base for prospective careers.

Information for international students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band).

International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities are available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team