Published: 31 January 2021

A week in the life of a postgraduate on our MSc in Space Engineering

From lectures to laboratory-based practicals and personal tutorials, discover what a typical week looks like for a student on our MSc in Space Engineering.

How you'll learn

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Interactive in-class learning
  • Laboratory-based practical's
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Tutorials.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading. You’ll have access to academics and facilities based at our acclaimed Surrey Space Centre, too.

“The fact that Surrey has the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and its spin-off commercial company, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, makes it unique. Students, as well as academic staff and researchers, get the chance to use real technology as part of the course modules and during project work. For example, the Ground Station within SSC communicates with spacecraft.”

George Hine, MSc in Space Engineering

We’ve also introduced hybrid learning, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A typical week

You’ll receive typically 12-15 contact hours each week, depending on how many extra labs or tutorials there are to attend on top of the lectures. A full-time student will also spend about 40 hours a week carrying out study, including the contact time. Contact hours include:


  • 10am - 12 noon: Satellite Remote Sensing – Lecture.


  • 9am - 11am: Space Dynamics and Missions – Lecture.


  • 9am - 12 noon: RF Systems and Circuit Design – Lab Workshop.

Please note, Wednesday afternoons are left free for sporting and other University society activities.


  • 9am - 10am: Space Dynamics and Missions – Lab Workshop
  • 11am - 1pm: Space System Design – Lecture
  • 5pm - 6pm: Space System Design – Lecture.


  • 12 noon - 1pm: Satellite Remote Sensing – Lecture
  • 3pm - 6pm: RF Systems and Circuit Design – Lecture.


Learn more about postgraduate study in our Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and about Surrey Space Centre.

Disclaimer: The timetable and modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication and may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. Given the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, our hybrid learning model is under continuous review. See the latest information on all changes.

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