Published: 28 March 2023

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 will I learn?

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

  • Interactive in-class learning
  • Laboratory-based practicals
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Tutorials.

What does a typical week look like?

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.

And when lectures have finished?

There are a wealth of activities on offer Surrey for you to get involved in such as becoming a member of the Electronics and Amateur Radio Society (EARS), which connects you to a passionate community of fellow engineers and gives you 24/7 access to amazing workshop facilities. Or you could head over to Surrey Sports Park, explore the town of Guildford with its wide range of bars and restaurants, or take a 34-minute train journey into London for some time in the city. For some peace and quiet, and the chance to explore, you can head to the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.


Learn more about postgraduate study in electronic engineering at Surrey and find out 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. 

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