Master of Space Studies
The space sector plays an important role in economic, social, technological and scientific developments. The future of the sector and its manifold applications require highly skilled experts with a broad interdisciplinary perspective. The development of innovative space technologies is fostered by an intense symbiosis between the technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences.
The Master of Space Studies programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to a myriad of challenges and opportunities within the space sector. The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management and requires a truly international response with accompanying European and international legal and political measures.
You will learn, through interaction with industry, the skills necessary to compete for employment and research opportunities from among the broad applications of the space industry, including security and defence. In addition to coursework in space sciences, the curriculum is enriched by a master's thesis and a series of guest lecturers from international, national and regional institutions.
The interdisciplinary nature of the programme is expressed by the common core of 25 ECTS in introductory coursework. These courses are mandatory for every student. They’ll acquaint you with the different aspects that form the foundation of space-related activities.
Domain-specific optional courses, for a total of 20 ECTS, covering the domains of (A) Space Law, Policy, Business and Management, (B) Space Sciences and (C) Space Technology and Applications, are available to broaden your knowledge with the possibility of combining the latter two.
The master’s thesis (15 ECTS), you’ll be embedded in a research team of one of the organising universities, or in an external institute, organisation or industrial company. The master’s thesis is the final section of the interdisciplinary programme, in which the acquired knowledge and abilities are applied to a complex and concrete project.
The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is exploring, understanding and modelling physical realities using mathematical, computational, experimental and observational techniques.
- Fifteen teams perform research at an international level, publishing their findings in leading journals and attracting top-level scientists.
- Developing new physics and the application of innovation in the development of new techniques is an important aspect of our mission.
- Interaction with industry and society is greatly encouraged and furthermore, the department is responsible for teaching basic physics courses in several other study programmes.
The current tuition fee is €938.30. The tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year will be determined in the spring of 2020. Please consult the website for the most recent information: kuleuven.be/tuitionfees
Leuven offers a wide range of housing opportunities at reasonable prices. Most students choose to rent a room (‘kot’ in Dutch) in a privately-owned student house with shared common spaces and facilities. If you need any help with this, the KU Leuven Housing Service can offer some assistance. The university owns and manages a number of student residences and a limited number of rooms in these residences is reserved for international students with specific scholarships.
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