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A Multidisciplinary Masters in Space Studies

MPhil specialising in Space Studies

The SpaceLab at the University of Cape Town offers a multi-disciplinary research-based Masters degree in Space Studies, with the possibility to upgrade to a PhD. We seek outstanding candidates with strong backgrounds in Engineering, Science, Law and Commerce for graduate study in this new programme.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is aimed at anyone who wishes to enter the space sector, or to deepen his or her knowledge of this sector. No prior knowledge of space technology is required or assumed. Potential participants include new graduates and young professionals seeking to enter the space sector and established professionals in military, government or private sector positions who encounter space science and technology issues in their day-to-day work and are seeking to acquire a broad knowledge of the space sector.

Programme structure

This is a research-based degree with a coursework component that provides a broad foundational knowledge of the space arena and space applications. Research topics will be chosen in alignment with identified research needs in the national and continental space programmes. There is the possibility to upgrade the masters thesis to a doctoral (PhD) thesis.

All participants will be required to complete a foundational core lecture component which comprises the following modules:

  • Space Mission Analysis and Design - which focuses on the definition, development and operation of space systems.

  • Space Applications for Sustainable Development - which focuses on practical applications of space technology for societal benefit, with emphasis on addressing African problems.

  • Space and Society - which focuses on the commercial, security, cooperation, policy and regulatory aspects of outer space activities.

  • Special Topics in Space Technology - which focuses on a highly specialised or cutting-edge topic in space technology.

More details on the courses are available here.


Global exposure

The programme will involve leading space experts from around the world. Participants will thus benefit from global exposure while studying in South Africa.   Let your career in the exciting world of aerospace take off with this programme.

A multi-disciplinary qualification

This MPhil programme provides an inter-disciplinary postgraduate qualification that exposes participants to all the key aspects of space science and technology. The programme provides a balanced introduction to the scientific, engineering, policy, financial, commercial and regulatory aspects of outer space activities.

Non-resident participants

The programme is designed also to accommodate participants in full-time employment and participants who are unable to relocate to Cape Town for the duration of the programme. Core lectures are offered in intensive 1-2 week blocks, supplemented by distance learning activities.

For instructions on how to apply, please refer to the UCT Admissions Information.