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Out of this world. Space technology at Southampton

Published: 4 May 2011Origin: Engineering

Ambitious graduates of the University of Southampton’s new master’s programme in Space Systems Engineering can look forward to careers beyond the stratosphere.

This new postgraduate degree will give scientists and engineers the essential expert knowledge and skills to enable them to compete for jobs in the fast-growing world of space engineering.
The UK's thriving space sector already contributes £7.5bn a year to the country's economy, directly employs 24,900 people and supports a further 60,000 jobs across a variety of industries. It is growing at up to ten percent a year.

Career opportunities abound, ranging from satellite development with commercial companies to research and exploration posts with space agencies worldwide.

"We saw there was a real demand for a degree at master's level to educate the next generation of space scientists and engineers," says Dr Guglielmo Aglietti, head of the University's Astronautics research group. "Southampton already teaches the subject to undergraduates and has an active PhD programme. We also provide courses of space systems engineering to Industry and staff members of the European Space Agency."

The MSc in Space Systems Engineering involves taught courses in many aspects of relevant technologies and a group project

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