The postgraduate programme emerges out of the School’s strengths in Autonomous Systems.

By Mr John Stevenson(Senior Communications Officer), Published

City’s Department of Engineering in the School of Science and Technology will be offering a new MSc in Space Mission Analysis and Design in the September 2023-2024 academic year.

The new MSc programme buttresses the research going on in the recently-established London Space Innovation Centre – City’s hub for coordinating and promoting multidisciplinary research, education and enterprise projects in space-related fields.

City’s MSc in Space Mission Analysis and Design emerges out of the School’s strengths in Autonomous Systems which underpins the approach to Mission Analysis Design and the Systems Engineering of space vehicles and launch facilities.

The new MSc aims to give students a detailed understanding of how the space sector is used by commercial and government organisations, and will enable graduates to design and develop a space mission, encompassing launch, operations and completion, within the constraints of legal and safety regulations.


City is the only university in the UK to combine space launch operations management and space law with Space Mission Analysis & Design. The new MSc has been designed for science, engineering, and mathematics graduates, to develop the careers of both professionals and graduates.

Following recommendations from commercial and military advisors, the new MSc augments theoretical studies with team-work-based practical design projects using NASA simulation tools.

726052Commenting on the new MSc, course director Professor David Stupples, says:

"With our considerable capabilities in Autonomous Systems City’s new MSc programme will give students a competitive edge in the rapidly developing UK space sector. Figures in the latest Size & Health of the UK Space Industry report show the number of space organisations identified across the UK rose from 1,293 to 1,590, creating 1,772 jobs. The sector now employs just under 48,800 people and supports an estimated 126,800 UK jobs across the wider supply chain. City is well placed to offer exciting opportunities to anyone qualified to take advantage of our MSc offering."

Dr Eddie Ross, Senior Systems Engineer at Thales UK, says:

"The MSc in Space Mission Analysis and Design is very relevant to the thriving international space sector, where there is currently a skills shortage, and this programme has been developed in partnership with industrial advisors. The modules relating to Space Launch Management and Operations and Space Law, in particular, are internationally relevant and shall benefit anyone from anywhere in the world."


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