Master of Engineering Science (Satellite Systems Engineering)

Program Code: ELECOS8338
Units of Credit: 96
Duration*: 2 years
Commencing dates: Feb/July
Fee estimate: A number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for eligible domestic students; please enquire to find out if you are eligible. Further information on fees can be found here. Information on the UNSW Student Contribution Rates for CSP enrolments is available here.

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:

  • Space mission planning and development
  • Satellite design and space component design
  • Satellite operations
  • Space propulsion and launch vehicle design
  • Management and operation of space and supporting infrastructure
  • Space law
  • Design and building of ground-specific components to satellite launch
  • Satellite data analysis: remote sensing, and earth observation
  • Satellite applications such as: satellite communications, global navigation systems,
  • Space related postgraduate research

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.