Surrey Space Centre

The Surrey Space Centre is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering.

Our mission is to create and disseminate knowledge that leads and underpins the progress of space engineering and its applications in the space sector, and to maintain our leadership in cost effective space engineering.

About the centre

Starting in 1979, pioneering small satellite activities, the Surrey Space Centre has gone on to push the boundaries of low cost small satellite applications and generated leading research.

Our research

As pioneers of modern "Small Satellites" since 1979, we have taken part in numerous missions.

Spacecraft technology requires a broad range of backgrounds from Physics and Engineering to Mathematics and Software systems, this broad range is reflected in our research.


Our cutting edge research facilities built up within the centre together with the Electronic Engineering department, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, and our research contracts in the UK, EU, and across the world.


Development of low-cost electric propulsion concepts for small satellite applications

Funding information:
Funding is available for home/EU students of up to £19,037 (£14,777 bursary and £4,260 tuition fees) in the first year and will be increased every year to cover the cost of both fees and bursary up to three years.

Satellite systems security

Funding information:
Open for EU/UK students only. The appointed candidate will receive a PhD stipend of GBP 20,000 per year for 3.5 years within which the candidate is expected to submit their thesis. This stipend is significantly higher than an average UK PhD stipend. Additional funding is available to support conferences, travel and engagement with the NCC Group.

Exploiting the UK and global soil moisture sensor network to provide space weather alerts for aviation and critical infrastructure

Funding information:
As a NERC PhD student, you will receive a stipend (similar to a wage, but tax-free) and your university fees will be paid. You will also have funding for participation in conferences, fieldwork and visits to the partners co-supervising your project.