PhD Space Engineering

The Surrey Space Centre is the largest UK academic centre for space engineering research. With a host of expert academics and close links with industry, the Centre offers the ideal research environment for the next generation of space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Key course information

Entry requirements
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Start date
October 2024
4 years
UK fees
Overseas fees
To be confirmed

Why choose this

As a PhD candidate within the Surrey Space Centre, you’ll work alongside academics, postdoctoral researchers and fellow postgraduate researchers as they push the boundaries of low-cost small satellites and develop new innovative technologies. You’ll also benefit from strong academic-industrial strategic partnerships with both Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and Airbus DS.

Throughout your research, you’ll have access to our world-class academic research facilities. These cover:

  • Advanced multidisciplinary small satellite and space system engineering techniques for Earth orbit and interplanetary space
  • Innovative communications
  • Remote sensing
  • Robotics and space science payloads for small satellites
  • Enabling technologies for low-cost space exploitation and planetary exploration.

Following the completion of your PhD, you’ll able to apply for membership with the Institute of Engineering and Technology. You’ll also be able to apply for chartered engineer status with the Engineering Council UK and with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, the University of Surrey ranks 15th in the UK for research power for engineering, and 93.3% of our research outputs for engineering are considered world-leading or internationally excellent.

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