University of Surrey

Satellite Communications Engineering

This programme is designed to give you the specialist multidisciplinary skills required for careers in the satellite and space industries. Industry participates in the MSc programme in both lecturing and projects, and facilitates excellent engagement for our students. Graduation from this programme will therefore make you very attractive to the relevant space-related industries that employ over 6,500 people in the UK alone.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 in a UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Electronic or Electrical Engineering, Communication Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Physics or a related discipline. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

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Course modules

Example module listing: Digital communications; space dynamics and missions; space systems design; antennas and propagation; principles of telecommunications and packet networks; satellite communications fundamentals; RF systems and circuit design; data and internet networking; advanced guidance, navigation and control; launch vehicles and propulsion; network and service management and control; advanced satellite communication techniques; spacecraft structures and mechanisms; standard project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a combination of formal written examinations, taken at the end of each semester, and coursework assignments.


Please note these fees are for the academic year only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 20,500 (Year 1) International 12 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,800 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 2,300 (Credit) International 60 60 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 1,100 (Credit) Home/EU 60 60 Months

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