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.


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.

Measuring the mass and shape of the Milky Way’s dark matter halo with tidal streams

Funding information:
A directly funded project available to European/UK students only. A stipend of £14,777 per anum. Funding is provided for the duration of the PhD.