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SpaceMaster - Joint European Master in Space Science and Technology
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg


Address Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Lehrstuhl Informatik VII
Am Hubland Informatikgebäude, B 200
97074 Würzburg, Germany
Tel. No. +49(0)931.888.6678
Fax No. +49(0)931.888.6679
E-mail address
Course SpaceMaster - Joint European Master in Space Science and Technology
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 2 years, 4 semesters
Date of commencement Applications by EU Students: 25 May 2008
Preparatory courses begin: 1 September 2008
Class size approx. 45-50 students
Cost/Fees Enrollment fees for Würzburg University are approx. EUR 640.-. This includes a ticket for public transport in the Würzburg area.
Students who come from a partner University may be exempt from the EUR 500 study fee and thus only pay EUR 140 for the semester ticket. Please ask for detailed information upon enrollment.
Accommodation Available
Student grants / financial assistance There are several scholarships available from the ERASMUS MUNDUS program et al
Top recruiters of our graduates Space organisations, industry and research institutions
Admissions requirements Bachelor´s degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS in the areas of physics, space physics, astronomy, engineering, electronics, mechatronics, space technology, computer science or equivalent. A minimum of 22.5 ECTS in mathematics at the university level is required.

Applicants must provide proof of their proficiency in English. IELTS test with minimum score 6,0 no part lower than 5,0 (academic) or a TOEFL test with minimum score 550 (213 in the computerbased test, 79 in the internetbased test) or equivalent.
Student profile 1.Countries of origin: 22
2. Ratio Men/ Women: 7/3
3. Age Range: 24 - 32
4. Average Age: 27
Contact person for application Heidi Schaber (local admin. coordinator)
Course director Professor Dr. Klaus Schilling


About the Master's Programme

The students have to attend specific courses during the first semester (30 ECTS altogether) and they have to do a laboratory thesis in the fourth semester (30 ECTS) to obtain their Master's degree.

Written examinations are mainly given at the end of a course. Seminars and lab work are part of the courses.

Study Abroad Unit(s)

Participants spend the first semester in Würzburg, Germany. Second semester takes place in Kiruna, Sweden. Third and fourth semester may lead to yet another country.

Course Objectives

The Consortium unifies expertise from a broad range of European universities to create a Joint European Master's in space science and technology with high-quality modules in space studies. The students will take part in projects and research activities during work in projects and their Master's thesis. Many of these projects will take place in close collaboration with the European Space Industry. SpaceMaster has the potential to provide Europe's space industry and research institutions with high-quality engineers and researchers in the fields of space studies. The first, commonly spent year will create tight and long-lasting contacts and friendship between the European students and those from third countries - hopefully they will continue to collaborate in their future careers.

Furthermore, the students in the SpaceMaster programme will experience many different European climates, natures and cultures - German, Scandinavian, French, Czech and English - helping to break down the mental borders between different countries of Europe. Scientific projects require more and more expensive equipment to study our planet and the universe surrounding it, equipment that cannot be funded by one country alone and requires a strong collaboration between the scientific communities of each country. Such collaboration cannot take place without an understanding of the culture of the countries involved and strong links between European scientists.


1. Semester - Uni Würzburg, Germany
2. Semester - Space Campus in Kiruna, Sweden
3./4. Semester - one of the Partner-Universities, depending on the selected field of specialization.

Modules of the First Semester:

Space Physics
Spacecraft System Design
Spacecraft Dynamics
JAVA Programming
Internet Technologies
Advanced Databases
CanSat Design Workshop

Modules of the Second Semester:

Spacecraft Environment Interaction
Electronics in Space
Image Processing and Remote Sensing
Optics- and Radar-based Observations

Specialization Options during 3. and 4. Semester

Technical/Engineering Track:
• Structural Dynamics and Control Cranfield University, England
• Space Automation and Control Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic
• Space robotics Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany
or Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
• Space Technology and Instrumentation Luleå Technical University, Sweden

Science Track:
• Space, Atmospheric and Solar physics Luleå Technical University, Sweden
• Space physics, Astrophysics, Planetology Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
• Spatial techniques and Instrumentation Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Double Master Degree Master of Science – MSc. :

Degree Certificates from the two Universities where the major part of studies have been performed.

About the Department

The main research objectives of the chair concern interdisciplinary system design with emphasis on

• Telematics-integrating telecommunications, computer science and control engineering
• Robotics and Mechatronics - integrating electronics, mechanics, sensors, control engineering, information processing in international cooperation, including international staff and international university partnerships.

Mobile Robots

Activities are related to sensor systems for navigation and to control methods for

• rovers for remote dangerous environments
• industrial transport robots

Space Exploration

Space vehicle design offers interesting system design tasks at examples of limited complexity, but for extreme environments. Thus motivating tasks for interdisciplinary engineering approaches result. Our emphasis is on information processing for combining tele-operation strategies with autonomous reactions.

In the European Mars Rover design MIDD, we had in an international team responsibility for system design, sensor system layout, teleoperations concept and on-board data processing. Within the CubeSat program of Stanford University a design effort is also in Würzburg initiated n October 2004 the European space probe HUYGENS will land on the Saturnian moon Titan with an adaptive descent control developed by us


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