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Space Master provides top-class research modules in space science and technology projects to qualify students from Europe and from non-European countries in a wide range of space expertise. This includes cross-disciplinary experience from laboratory exercises, computer simulations, balloon-flight testing, rockets, satellites and radar control, tele-robotics, sensor data fusion, automatic control and multi-body dynamics.
The international student community and the singular chance to study in different countries at project-related facilities add to the value of this Master's course. This provides the potential to be part of the global industry.
The disciplines involved are engineering, technology and natural sciences.

Educational organisation

First semester, core modules, 30 ECTS, at University of Würzburg (JMUW), Germany
Modules to be taken by all students:
1. Introduction in Space Physics
2. Spacecraft System Design
3. Space Dynamics

Second semester, core modules, 30 ECTS at Lulea University of Technology (LTU), Sweden
Modules to be taken by all students:
1. Spacecraft Environment Interaction
2. Electronics in Space
3. Image Processing and Remote Sensing
4. Optics- and Radar-Based Observations
The Can Satellites built during the first semester at JMUW will be tested. Some of the best designed satellites will be further tested during a balloon flight.

Third semester: optional tracks (30 ECTS) at different universities
Engineering Track 1:
Cranfield University (CU), UK: Dynamics and Control of Systems and Structures
Engineering Track 2:
Aalto University (TKK), Finland: Space Automation & Robotics
Engineering Track 3:
JMUW, Germany: Robotics, Automation, Control and Communication Technologies related to Space
Engineering Track 4:
LTU, Sweden: Space Technology and Instrumentation
Engineering Track 5:
Czech Technical University (CTU), Czech Republic: Space Automation and Control
Engineering Track 6:
University of Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier (UPS), France: Space Technique and Instrumentation, industry-oriented
Science Track 1:
UPS, France: Astrophysics, Space Sciences, Planetology, research-oriented
Science Track 2:
LTU, Sweden: Atmospheric and Space Physics

Fourth semester:
Master's thesis (30 ECTS)

Study abroad unit(s)

Participants spend the first semester in Würzburg, Germany. The second semester takes place at Lulea University of Technology, Kiruna, Sweden. The third and fourth semesters can be done at any of the six partner universities.


During the third and fourth semesters, internships may be arranged with partners in the European space industry but there are no guarantees. Students are encouraged to contact companies in the space industry and the universities support their applications.

Forms of assessment

Please check our websites for detailed and current information.
Local website:
Consortium website:

Course objectives

The consortium unifies expertise from a broad range of European universities to create a joint European Master's degree in space science and technology with high-quality modules in space studies. Students will participate in projects and research activities during work on projects and their Master's thesis. Many of these projects will take place in close collaboration with the European space industry. Space Master has the potential to provide Europe's space industry and research institutions with high-quality engineers and researchers in the field of space studies. The first year, which is spent together by all students, will create tight and long-lasting contacts and friendships between the European students and those from third countries - hopefully they will continue to collaborate in their future careers.
Furthermore, the students in the Space Master programme will experience many different European climates, natures, and cultures - German, Scandinavian, French, Czech and English - helping to break down the mental borders between the different countries of Europe. Scientific projects require more and more expensive equipment to study our planet and the universe surrounding it, equipment that cannot be funded by one country alone and that requires a strong collaboration between the scientific communities of each country. Such a collaboration cannot take place without an understanding of the culture of the countries involved and strong links between European scientists.

University requirements

Program requirements

Language requirements

Students from non-English-speaking countries are required to have passed a TOEFL or IELTS test with specified results. Please check the consortium website for up-to-date requirements.
Our TOEFL code is 8871. It is mandatory to use this code when you take the TOEFL test, so that the result can be sent directly to us.

Academic requirements

Good Bachelor's degree or equivalent in natural sciences

Enrolment fees

At Würzburg: approx. 110 EUR per semester. Fee includes a semester ticket covering public transportation in the Würzburg metropolitan area.
Different charges may apply at each of the partner universities, please check the individual websites for up-to-date information.

Costs of living

In Würzburg: approx. 600-700 EUR per month

Job opportunities


Funding opportunities within the university

Arrival support

A welcome ceremony is offered to all international students of the University of Würzburg. It includes a sightseeing tour through the city at no charge.
The University of Würzburg offers arrival support for international students, including meeting new students at the railway station, filling out forms for enrolment and city registration, etc.
More information at:

Services and support for international students

International students are invited to use the university's support service for enrolment and visa affairs, for orientation in town, etc. During the first weeks in Würzburg, tutors are provided to help with the following:
  • pick-up at the train station
  • support with moving into the hall of residence (get the key to your room, contact with the caretaker)
  • accompanying students to officials (town hall, health insurance, Studentenwerk, etc.)
  • assistance with filling out necessary forms (enrolment at university, residence permit, etc.)
  • answers to questions about everyday life in the city of Würzburg (shopping, how to open a bank account, free time/sport and much more)

More information at:

The senior adviser to international students (International Office) can be contacted with questions and problems and will do his or her best to provide adequate assistance throughout your stay. He or she is also in charge of coordinating a semester programme that includes cultural events, excursions, guided library tours, etc.
Several other institutions within and closely related to the university offer services for international students:
At the University of Würzburg, international students are well taken care of.


International students can apply for a place in a student hall of residence or find private accommodation in Würzburg. Prices for housing are reasonable and range from 150 to 350 EUR per month for a single room. Information on housing can be found online at:
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