Earth-Oriented Space Science and Technology (ESPACE)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Mar 15, 2025
41 place StudyQA ranking:9714 Duration:4 semestrs

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ESPACE is an interdisciplinary Master's programme, which makes use of and benefits from Munich's unique collection of industry in the fields of space, science and technology, research institutions and universities. The cooperating members of the programme are Ludwig Maximilians University, the University of the Federal Armed Forces, the German Geodetic Research Institute (DGFI), and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
The ESPACE curriculum connects courses on satellite applications in Earth System Science, Remote Sensing, and Navigation with courses on space engineering, spacecraft technology, and satellite data management. The programme consists of compulsory foundation courses over two semesters. For the third semester, students may choose one of the three specialisations: Earth System Science, Remote Sensing or Navigation. The programme is completed by writing a Master's thesis and defending it in a Master's colloquium within a period of six months.
In addition to the regular ESPACE Master's programme, the ESPACE Double Degree Programme in cooperation with Wuhan University is an option that provides further lectures in remote sensing and GIS. Students who participate in the double degree programme can choose one of three specialisations: Navigation, Remote Sensing, and GIS.

Educational organisation

ESPACE Master's Programme:
The first year of the programme covers the foundations of space engineering and science as well as an introduction to three main satellite applications: remote sensing, earth system science, and navigation.
The third semester allows students to specialise in Earth System Science, Remote Sensing or Navigation.
The fourth and final semester is dedicated to a Master's thesis, which must then be defended in a Master's colloquium.

Study abroad unit(s)

None for the regular ESPACE students
Students participating in the ESPACE Double Degree Programme with Wuhan University spend the third and fourth semesters at Wuhan University (WHU). The Master's thesis will be co-supervised by teachers from WHU and TUM and can optionally be completed either at WHU or at TUM.


None required

Forms of assessment

At the end of each semester, students must pass one final exam for each module they have taken. Exams are written or oral. Passing all exams as well as completing a Master's thesis and colloquium are requirements for graduation. ECTS credits are allocated to all modules.

Course objectives

A graduate of the Master's programme Earth-Oriented Space Science and Technology can best be described as a satellite application engineer. After completing the programme he or she is a specialist in satellite applications in the fields of Earth System Science, Remote Sensing, and Navigation. The graduate is able to interpret, analyse and evaluate satellite data within these fields. Furthermore he/she is a specialist in the satellite system, including the technical understanding of mission design and spacecraft technology.
The programme's curriculum concentrates on methodology, technology and applications. Throughout the programme, the students are involved in ongoing research activities at the participating institutions. They therefore acquire a solid problem-solving capacity and are qualified for the design and development of future satellite missions.

Language requirements

If you are not a native English speaker: the minimum TOEFL scores for admission, e.g. in the winter semester 2016/17, are 234 (computer-based), 605 (paper-based) and 88 (internet-based). An IELTS certificate (Academic Module, e.g. with minimum 6.5 score in the winter semester 2016/17) is also valid for the admission. Alternatively, CAE or CPE (Level A,B,C) may be accepted as well.
A certificate stating that the applicant's entire university education was conducted in the English language is also sufficient.
For applicants with a German "Abitur", good results in English in the German "Abitur" may also be accepted. Minimum score is 10 points in a Leistungs- or Grundkurs.
Up to date information on English requirements can be found here:

Academic requirements

An above-average Bachelor's or "Diplom" degree in science or engineering, e.g. aerospace or electronic engineering, mathematics, physics, informatics, geodetics, geophysics, etc.
There is an internal admission procedure. Decisions about admission rest with the programme directors. Application information can be found at:

Enrolment fees

Approx. 115 EUR per semester, the fee includes a semester ticket covering public transport in Munich.

Costs of living

Depending on your needs, for example student dormitories from 300 EUR, private rooms in a shared flat from 350 EUR, private apartments from 500 EUR. The other costs of living start from 250-300 EUR. In total, it is good to budget at least 700-800 EUR per month.

Job opportunities

A limited number of student assistant positions are available at the collaborating university institutes for qualified students after they have enrolled in the programme.

Funding opportunities within the university

TUM offers a scholarship for its already-enrolled international students with high academic marks. The scholarship, funded by the budget of the Free State of Bavaria, offers a one-time study aid of 500 EUR to 1,500 EUR for a semester.
Applications can be obtained at the scholarship office of TUM or on the internet.
Deadlines are end of March (for the summer semester) and end of September (for the winter semester) respectively.

Arrival support

TUM's International Center offers a special programme tailored for international students, TUMinternational (TUMi). The TUMi programme provides help and advice for new students as well as a cultural programme with events scheduled both prior to and during the academic periods.
The service desk of the Student Service Center is the first contact point for international students. We are here to help you with issues such as applications, enrolment, student cards etc. Furthermore, we offer various three- to six-week summer schools combining academics with a rich menu of educational and social activities as a foretaste of university life. For international students who have been admitted to a degree programme, the Student Service Center offers a four-week pre-study course designed to help you get started at the TUM. Students new to TUM are invited to the service fair "Fit for TUM" which takes place before the semester officially starts, to get an overview of the various offerings of support services at TUM.
Learning German: While the language of instruction for many of TUM's postgraduate programmes is English, learning German and thus being able to participate in daily German life at a deeper level enriches the experience of studying and living in Munich. As such, TUM's Language Centre offers language classes for students at all levels, both prior to and during the semester:

Services and support for international students

The ESPACE programme provides an orientation week for its students and offers them the opportunity to meet current programme students. The orientation week usually takes place the week before lectures begin in the winter semester.


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