The Master’s degree program in Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology (ESPACE) is an interdisciplinary program positioned at the interface between space technology and the engineering and natural scientific use of satellite data.

It is conducted as a two year master's degree program with the option of a Double Degree in cooperation with the Wuhan University, China. ESPACE combines the technical aspects of the satellite and observation systems with scientific and commercial applications. This requires interdisciplinary knowledge beyond the borders of different engineering disciplines such as geodesy, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as physics, informatics and geosciences.

What you'll learn

The goal of the Earth Oriented Space Science and Technology (ESPACE) Master’s degree program is to gain graduates who become experts in the use and development of satellites in the three areas of specialization: (1) Earth System Science from Space, (2) Remote Sensing and (3) Navigation.
You acquire fundamental knowledge and basic competencies in the three core areas satellite and remote sensing data analysis, space engineering and satellite application engineering as a general basis, as well as the interfaces among them in order to be able to link technological know-how with practical application. Simultaneously you learn the necessary basics of signal processing, sensor technology, orbital mechanics and space technology, so that they are in a position to support planning and development of future missions for the above-mentioned areas. With the established fundamental and advanced knowledge of the core and specialized relevant subjects, you are able to work in a wide range of space sciences. 

Due to the international approach of the Master’s program, you have augmented your social and intercultural abilities. This allows you to work in intercultural and interdisciplinary groups within the global framework of satellite technology and research. You are capable of developing joint solutions beyond the boundaries of specialist fields and present them in a way suited for your target audience.

Study information

The first two semesters are centered on basic skills in earth system science, remote sensing and navigation, mathematical and physics-based as well satellite technology, orbital mechanics and applied satellite usage. This way, students coming from a wide range of different bachelor’s programs are brought up to the same level of knowledge.

In the third semester, students can choose one of the three focus areas earth systems science, remote sensing or navigation which is complemented by elective modules.

The fourth semester is dedicated entirely to the Master’s thesis, which is then defended in a public Master’s colloquium.

In the first two semesters, you acquire basic competencies in Satellite Application Engineering which covers the three core areas satellite and remote sensing data analysis, space engineering and satellite applications. In the third semester you deepen your knowledge in one of the three offered specializations: Earth System Science, Remote Sensing and Navigation. 

  • Satellite and remote sensing data analysis: development and application of processing methods to satellite-derived data and models (numerical modeling, signal processing, estimation theory) 
  • Space Engineering: understanding and application of orbital, spacecraft attitude and robotic operations (e.g. spacecraft design and its subsystems, launcher systems, rocket design, orbit mechanics, ground segment design) 
  • Satellite applications: analysis, modelling and interpretation of satellite and remote sensing data related to the key satellite applications (e.g. Earth system modeling, photogrammetry, remote sensing, geoinformation, navigation)

For more information on the contents of the ESPACE Master’s program, please have a look on the Degree Program Documentation.

Application Deadline: January, 1st to May, 31st

Admission requirements: 

  • diploma or bachelor degree from a recognized university in engineering, natural science or a related field (e.g. Aerospace, Mechanical/Electrical/Communication Engineering, Informatics, Geodesy, Mathematics, Physics)
  • English language certificate for non-native speakers
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Self-written scientific essay 

For further details and information on the application process and the admission to the ESPACE Master’s program, please have a look on our Study- Wiki.