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 technological sectors and the challenges set by fundamental research in exact and biomedical sciences. Additionally, the economic and social valorisation of space technologies requires an efficient relationship between project developers and the economic sector. The large scale of space projects imposes important constraints on management. The international character of the space sector and of its broad applications, including the relevance of space for security and defence, implies a need for European and international legal and political measures.
The Master of Space Studies programme is designed to prepare scientists to respond to these myriad challenges and opportunities. 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 Master of Space Studies is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
International Student Requirements:
The interdisciplinary Master of Space Studies programme is open to students who have already obtained a Master's degree. The criteria for admission to the programme include the following:- the candidate has obtained an initial Master's degree for which he/she can motivate the relevance for space studies; - the candidate presents a 2 page essay with a consistent view of the importance of the programme for his/her professional expectations, in view of the candidate's previous education programmes: - the candidate may be invited to an intake interview. Good knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken, is essential. All international students must meet the language requirements set by the International Admissions & Mobility Unit at K.U.Leuven.