Space Training and Education

The University has links via the National Space Centre to the National Space Academy and the Space Apprenticeship scheme. For further information on links to the National Space Centre please see Engagement and Outreach page.

Space as a theme is present in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study, as well as CPD and research.


The University offers a number of undergraduate degrees that include Space as a theme and options.
There are four year MPhys and three year BSc degrees in three different combinations: Physics, Physics with Astrophysics and Physics with Space Science and Technology. See the Department of Physics and Astronomy for more information.

Within the undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Geography (BA Geography, BA Human Geography, BSc Geography and BSc Physical Geography) the concepts of Geographical Information Systems and use of digital data are taught. See the Department of Geography for more information.

Postgraduate Taught

The University offers particular, specialised courses associated with the Space theme. Links to these programmes and the contact details of the lead members of academic staff are listed below:

Space Exploration Systems MSc

For further information please contact Dr Richard Ambrosi -

Geographical Information Science MSc

Artist’s impression of the XMM Mission. Courtesy of the European Space Agency.

For further information please contact Dr Nick Tate -

In addition to these, preparation is underway for new Postgraduate Taught courses in:

Astrophysics MSc (Department of Physics and Astronomy)

Space Education MSc (School of Education)*

See also the information on the Advanced Space Design Laboratory on the Engagement and Outreach page.

Postgraduate Research

PhD based research funded by a variety of bodies and organisations is available. Please see individual University Departments for further information.

*Taught by Distance Learning

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