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University of Bradford: Satellite Systems Engineering MSc

Institution University of Bradford View institution profile
Department School of Biomedical and Electronics Engineering
Telephone 01274 236088
Study type Taught


The University of Bradford is offering an exciting opportunity to those who want to pursue their career in the space/satellite sector.

This programme is unique in covering not only the three pillars of space/satellite systems: communications, earth observation and navigation, but also artificial intelligence (AI) and distributed systems, which are keys to the future satellite systems.

You will benefit from being taught by a team of world renowned technical experts in space/satellite engineering and state-of-the-art space laboratory facilities.

You'll gain theoretical knowledge and have hands-on experience in constructing a cubesat/pocket cube. You'll also develop software modules for the Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TTC) system, which are key components of a space system, either as a part of the taught modules or as an MSc project. You'll be supported by state-of-the-art space lab facilities, including a cleanroom for the construction of the cubesat/pocket cube and a small scale TTC control centre.

Placement opportunities Both short-term and long-term placement opportunities, either in industry or in an academic institution, are open, providing a career gateway to students studying on this programme.

There are potential placement opportunities with Satellite Applications Catapult and Airbus. Satellite Applications Catapult will co-supervise up to two 3-6 month student placements per annum. Students accepted for the placement will receive a stipend directly from Catapult. In addition, Catapult has an internship programme that offers MSc graduates the opportunity to apply for a graduate placement at Catapult for up to 18 months.

The SENSE Earth Observation Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Leeds also offers summer internship opportunities to suitably qualified students choosing MSc projects co-supervised by SENSE academics.

In addition, the Space Placements in Industry (SPIN) scheme managed by the UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Application Catapult provides placement opportunities for those considering employment in the space sector. It connects space sector organisations who want to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their business. Students who hope to work in the space sector and are keen to develop new skills, applying and building on the knowledge they've acquired in their studies to date, are welcomed to apply through the Catapult website.


Bradford University

Established over 50 years ago, the University of Bradford stands as a beacon of academic excellence and innovative research. Offering a unique blend of traditional and cutting-edge education, we continue to grow our postgraduate reputation, course provision, and research impact. 

With over 200 postgraduate options including taught programmes, research opportunities and CPD modules, our academic offerings span a wide range of disciplines, with a special focus on courses that integrate practical experience and theoretical knowledge. From Engineering and Health Sciences to Management, Social Sciences and Life Sciences, our programmes are designed to equip students with skills that meet …

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