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Space Mission

Master of Engineering Science
(Satellite Systems Engineering)

Apply now for 2016 - late applications accepted subject to course availability.

Satellite Systems engineering – producing industry ready graduates for Australia and the world.

UNSW Engineering offers Australia’s first (and only) Satellite Systems engineering program and belongs to an elite handful of similar programs worldwide. The Master of Engineering Science in Satellite Systems Engineering provides graduate students with the opportunity to train for a career in the space industry.

Space engineering requires knowledge of specific space-related engineering principles, and graduates from the program will be industry-ready from their participation in coursework as well as “hands-on” projects. You will focus on the systems engineering aspect of satellites before delving into satellite applications. Through a complement of core and elective courses, and a year-long practical project, students will gain a comprehensive foundation in satellite systems engineering from the ground segment and typical applications. Download 2015 brochure.

>> Further information about the degree program structure and academic rules is available here.

>> Information regarding the fee structure can be found here.



Employment opportunities with satellite builders, operators and users of satellite data include careers in:

Industry links

The space industry in Australia is a rapidly developing area that has received a significant amount of support from the government through the creation of the Australian Space Research Program in 2010, and more recently, the Australian Satellite Utilisation Policy. The UNSW postgraduate program has been developed in conjunction with:

These critical industry relationships ensure that our Masters Program is informed by, and up-to-date with, the latest industry developments worldwide.

Entry Requirements

A student must hold a Bachelor of Engineering with at least Honours II/2 (or equivalent) or hold a Graduate Diploma of Engineering with at least a credit average in a relevant discipline, or an equivalent qualification from UNSW or another recognised university or tertiary institution in order to be admitted to the stream. Relevant disciplines cover most disciplines of engineering where a sufficiently strong foundation in mathematics is obtained. Further information about the degree program structure and academic rules is available here.

More information

If you require further information on this program please contact Dr Elias Aboutanios, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications via email or phone +61 2 9385 5010

*Eligible students may apply for credit for up to eight courses (48 UOC) of the Master of Engineering Science depending on previous study and professional experience. This can reduce the duration of the degree by up to a year.

The Warrawal Project

Developing a Comprehensive Tertiary Education Program in Satellite Systems Engineering

The Australian Space Research Program was a government initiative that aimed to develop Australia's niche space capabilities by funding relevant research and education programs. The Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) at the University of New South Wales led a consortium comprising Thales, Optus , and ISAE in securing funding of $675,153 to establish Australia's first comprehensive masters program in satellite systems engineering as announced by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr on 17th June 2011.

The Project will develop and deliver a comprehensive, sustainable tertiary education program in satellite systems engineering comprising a two-year master's qualification. The developed program will be optimised for Australia's strategic and commercial interests and deliver a "systems-wide" understanding of satellite systems and their application, from the space segment, to the ground operations, and the end users. International and local industry internships and student exchanges will be incorporated into the program to enhance the skills of graduates.

The Warrawal project will also drive the BLUEsat project to completion and establish a follow-on project that will be evolved into a national Satellite Payload Competition.

For more information about the origins of the Warrawal Project please visit the archived project website.