Study options

Space Science and Technology, Master of Science (Technology)

SpaceMaster is a unique programme that combines the space expertise of five universities. We offer cross-disciplinary and research-oriented education with first-hand and hands-on experience in space science, technology, and engineering. In Aalto university, we concentrate on space technology, and the track options we offer are Small Satellites and Space Instrumentation, where the emphasis is put on Small Satellites and Space Instrumentations, and Space Robotics and Automation.
SpaceMaster IV (2019-2025) is a continuation of the original Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programs launched in 2004.
SpaceMaster IV (2019-2025) is a continuation of the original Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programs launched in 2004.


Master of Science (Technology)

Application period:

16 Oct 2023 – 15 Jan 2024

Language of instruction:



2 years, full-time


Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering


120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Electrical Engineering


The main objective of the SpaceMaster programme is to combine the great diversity of space expertise at five universities into a common platform. The educational cooperation is supported by scientific and industrial organisations, thus providing direct contact with professional research and industry. SpaceMaster therefore offers cross-disciplinary, research-oriented education with first-hand and hands-on experience in space science, technology and engineering.

The main learning outcomes for the Programme are:

  • fundamental and advanced knowledge in the academic subjects studied
  • holistic approach to and comprehensive view of advanced space projects
  • management skills required for space projects, e.g., systems on-board aircraft or satellites, techniques for satellite launch, interplanetary missions, Earth observation, space data management
  • transferable skills, e.g., entrepreneurship, scientific writing, social competence, communication skills, leadership in an international and intercultural environment.

The added value of SpaceMaster compared with other programmes in the same field can be summarised as:

  • structured cooperation between the academic institutions and industry
  • education influenced by current advances in research
  • increased intercultural understanding and integration
  • structured cooperation between the universities via the use of the ECTS grading system, combining together different educational models
  • exchange of experience for both the academic and administrative staff
  • a wide range of specialisations improves the career prospects of students.

SpaceMaster IV is a continuation of the original Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programmes launched in 2004 and implemented by a consortium of leading European universities in close collaboration with research and industrial organisations.

Language of instruction

In the Space Science and Technology Master’s Programme, the language of instruction is English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Participation costs and fees will be charged according to the university regulations at the Partner Universities. Read more in the programme website.

In Aalto University the tuition fees are the following:

Non-EU/EEA Citizens: 15 000€/academic year

EU/EEA Citizens: no tuition fee

Aalto University has a scholarship programme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. The scholarship may cover 100% or 50% of the tuition fee in Aalto Unversity.

More information on tuition fees and scholarships at Aalto University is available at the Scholarships and Tuition Fees webpage.

Structure of studies

The programme is a double degree programme which means that during the programme, students study in two different universities. SpaceMaster is a four-semester Master's Programme, 120 ECTS.

The first year takes place at LTU, Kiruna Space Campus, Sweden (60 ECTS).

The second year (together with the Master's thesis project) takes place at one of the Partner Universities. The Master's thesis project can also take place at Associate Partners as well as other industrial and research organizations relevant to the Program scope.

Anshum Dwarakanath Prahlad

Student Anshuman Dwarakanath Prahlad sees numerous opportunities in today's space industry

Anshuman Dwarakanath Prahlad studies in SpaceMaster joint programme. He thinks that studying in two different universities has been a rewarding experience.

Master's Programme in Space Science and Technology


The second year study tracks offered in Aalto University are Space Robotics and Automation and Small Satellites and Space Instrumentations, where the emphasis is put on Small Satellites and Space Instrumentations.


The programme is a double degree programme. This means that a student will study at two universities and in two different countries. The study environment in the programme is strongly international and studies are conducted in multicultural groups.

Aalto University is international by nature, welcoming thousands of degree and exchange students from abroad every year. These students join the diverse Aalto community not only through studies but also via multiple free time events, activities and celebrations around the campus. Active tutoring programmes and support services work tirelessly to help international students integrate into the Nordic culture and welcome them at home in Finland.

Further study opportunities

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career opportunities

The contents of the SpaceMaster programme are versatile and the possible career paths can be just as versatile. Studying in the programme will prepare the students to work, for example, in the following organisations:

  • Universities
  • International Space Agencies
  • International organisations
  • Companies
  • Government agencies
Alumna Carmen Fuentes Soria

Alum Carmen Fuentes Soria is working for a more sustainable use of space

Carmen graduated from the SpaceMaster joint programme. She thinks that the internationality is one of the best things of the programme, and she is grafeful that she made friends from all over the world.


Research focus

Our research cover for example following topics:

  • Small satellite technology
  • Remote sensing, earth observation
  • Radio astronomy
  • Space instrumentation
  • Space weather

Co-operation with other parties

Aalto University is among the top-ranked universities in the world related to industry collaboration. As a graduate, one can leverage on our connections. Aalto Industrial Internet Campus offers our students the possibility to network with students from other engineering disciplines and prestigious industrial partners.

The SpaceMaster programme is a joint effort of Aalto University, Luleå University of Technology, Cranfield University, Czech Technical University in Prague, and Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier.

SpaceMaster programme

Space Science and Technology studies in Aalto University are also available under the Master's Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology

Electronics and Nanotechnology, Master of Science (Technology)

By developing modern hardware technology, electronics and nanotechnology experts play a key role in shaping the future.

Aalto electronics-ICT anechoic chamber for 2-60 GHz and two near-field scanners

Contact information

School of Electrical Engineering

For enquiries regarding the application process, general application documents and language tests, please see For enquiries regarding the content of programme and the studies at the School of Electrical Engineering please contact [email protected].

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