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Master Programme in Space Science and Technology

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Programme content and structure

In order to be eligible for the diploma in Master of Science in Space Technology with specializations in Atmospheric and Space Sciences, Space Technology and Instrumentation the student has to obtain 120 ECTS, including courses on the advanced level for at least 90 ECTS and a Master thesis for 30 ECTS. The Program is given in a close collaboration with the leading European universities, space research and industrial organisations. The Programs's structural mobility allows the students to receive knowledge from a number of fundamental academic disciplines within one educational program, i.e. aerospace engineering, atmospheric science, signal processing, space science, space technology and robotics. Partner universities:

  • Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden (coordinator)
  • Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering (Aalto), Finland
  • Cranfield University (CU), UK
  • Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Czech Republic
  • Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier (UT3), France 
The first semester of the Program is common for all students and takes place at LTU, Kiruna Space Campus.  During the second semester at  LTU the students take courses depending on the specialization. During the second year the students are distributed among the European partner universities, which offer different specializations depending on their respecive fields of expertise. The distrubution of students is based on their own ranking priorities, merits and place availability.

Specializations at LTU:

  • Space Technology and Instrumentation
  • Atmospheric and Space Science 
Specializations at the partner universities: 
  • Space Robotics and Automation (Aalto)
  • Small Satellites and Space Instrumentation (Aalto)
  • Space Automation and Control (CTU)
  • Dynamics and Control of Systems and Structures (CU)
  • Space Technique and Instrumentation (UT3)
  • Astrophysics, Space Science and Planetology (UT3)
Swedish for Beginners 3 ECTS is offered for international students. The course is not included in the degree, and is taken in addition to the compulsory courses. During the fourth semester the students perform their Master thesis projects in partner universities, space research and industrial organisations around the world. For admission to the Master thesis at LTU the entry requirements specified in the course syllabus must be completed. An information about the application and admission processes is given and ensured by the responsible department at LTU.
During the summer months, i.e. June-August, the students have a possibility to carry out internships in the research groups at the partner universities, international space research and industrial organisations. All students that meet the requirements for graduation will receive a diploma of Master of Science with a Major in Space Technology from LTU. Specializations given at LTU are included in the diploma. Recognition of the Program in each partner university is carried out by the respective institutional entities and authorities according to the university procedures in line with the respective national legislations. Courses and diploma requirements for specializations at the partner universities are available at the respective partner universities, Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6.


The programme consists of 120 Credits




  • RYIN, Dynamics & Control of Systems & Structures, Cranfield
  • RYIN, Space Automation and Control, Prague
  • RYIN, Space Robotics and Automation, Helsinki
  • RYIN, Space Technique and Instrumentation,Toulouse
  • RYIN, Space Technology and Instrumentation, Kiruna
  • RYSP, Astrophysics, Space Science and Planetology,Toulouse
  • RYSP, Atmospheric and Space Science, Kiruna


  • Atmospheric and Space Science, research oriented (RYSP)
  • Space Technology and Instrumentation (RYIN)

Entry requirements

Academic degree with a minimum of 180 higher education credits in the areas of physics (space, plasma, atmospheric, nuclear, particle, fluid dynamics, aerodynamics), space science, planetology, astronomy, atmospheric science, remote sensing, numerical simulations, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, space engineering, aerospace engineering, robotics, automation, communication, electronics, mechatronics, control theory or equivalent. A minimum of 22.5 credits in mathematics at the university level is required.

Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6

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The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects

Compulsory courses

Compulsory courses: 60 Credits

Code Course Cr Level Comment
F7008R The Solar System 7,5 Second level
P7004R Master Degree Project 30,0 Second level
R7017R Space Physics 7,5 Second level
R7021R Space Communication 7,5 Second level
R7028R Spacecraft Systems 7,5 Second level

Course is offered for non-Swedish speakers, not included in the degree: 3 Credits

Optional space is 3 credits. It is mandatory to select elective courses up to the given number of credits. The given number of credits of elective courses listed must be met for degree.

Code Course Cr Level Comment
S0046P Swedish for International Students 1 3,0 First level Selectable

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