Welcome to the UCT SpaceLab
SpaceLab is a new platform created to promote multidisciplinary education and research in space science and technology at the University of Cape Town.
MPhil specialising in Space Studies
The University of Cape Town offers a multi-disciplinary Masters degree in Space Studies, with the possibility to upgrade to a PhD. We invite outstanding candidates to apply for this new programme.
Space in South Africa
South Africa has a rich heritage of participation in the Space Age. Now the country is gearing itself to play a more active role in the global space arena.


Saturday, 8 May 2021
New Book Published on Space Supporting Africa

A new book was recently published by Dr Annette Froehlich (Resident Fellow at European Space Policy Institute/German Aerospace Center, and Honorary member of SpaceLab, UCT) and André Siebrits (Research Assistant, European Space Policy Institute, Ph.D. candidate in the UCT Political Studies department, and Space and Society 2017 alumni).

André Siebrits also presented a lecture on this book and topic during the 2019 Space and Society course at the SpaceLab, which was well received by students who were interested in learning more about the African space landscape and market. More information on the book can be found here .


Publication Date:
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 15:00
Successful Conclusion to SpaceLab’s 2019 Space and Society Lecture Week

A new cohort of South African students from a variety of backgrounds has just completed the intensive Space and Society lecture week.

SpaceLab’s Space and Society course forms part of the core curriculum of its MPhil specialising in Space Studies. For more information, please see

Publication Date:
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 14:30
SpaceLab student Barbara Ojur wins prize at top interrnational space conference on small satellites

SpaceLab MPhil student Barbara Ojur was awarded a prize for her paper on a software defined radio ground station at the 12th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, hosted by the International Academy of Astronautics and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, Germany, from 6-10 May 2019.

Publication Date:
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 12:30
Enrollment for MPhil in Space Studies now open

Prepare yourself for an exciting career in space science and technology by doing the MPhil in Space Studies at the University of Cape Town. This multi-disciplinary degree covers the scientific, technical, policy and regulatory aspects of space technology and its societal applications. The programme is designed for working professionals. Click here to apply.

Publication Date:
Sat, 13 Apr 2019 - 00:30