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Master of Engineering (MEng) in Space
Systems and Business Engineering


Facts in few words

Background / actual

Target audience

Content and focus


Teaching and learning plan

Future fields of work

Application and admission requirements

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Facts in few words:

Duration of the programme:

3 semesters (18 months)

ECTS credits:

90 ECTS credits


"Master of Engineering (MEng)"
in Space Systems and Business Engineering


1 on-line course followed by 6 two week "presence" sessions. Sessions are interspersed with up to 12 weeks of intersessions, allowing the participants to return to and continue with their jobs.

During the last intersession, a master's thesis has to be prepared and defended at a final 4 day presence session.

Start of the programme:

March 2016


The preliminary schedule of SpaceTech 2016 will be announced soon.

Lecture times:

Will be announced before the start of each lecture.


At or near six European Space Centers:

  • TU Graz, Austria
  • CNES Toulouse, France
  • ECSAT Harwell, United Kingdom
  • GSOC Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
  • ESRIN Frascati, Italy
  • ESTEC Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Language of instruction:


Programme costs:

€ 34,000.- (no VAT apply) exclusive costs for travelling, accommodation and meals

Application forms:

SpaceTech 2016

Application deadline: 31 January 2016

Places in the programme:

max. 20 per term

Informational brochure: SpaceTech 2016 Flyer


SpaceTech Curriculum (German)

SpaceTech Curriculum (English)

The German version is legally binding, the English version is for infomation only.

Institute / University:

Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications (Prof. Koudelka)

Institute of Navigation (Prof. Hofmann-Wellenhof)

Institute of Theoretical Geodesy and Satellite Geodesy (Prof. Sünkel)

Institute of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (Prof. Schardt) 


University professors Koudelka, Hofmann-Wellenhof, Sünkel, Schardt and numerous international experts


SpaceTech Director
Prof. Otto Koudelka

SpaceTech Co-Director
Mr. Edward W. Ashford

SpaceTech Programme Manager
Dipl.-Ing. Peter Schrotter
TU Graz, Life Long Learning
Phone: +43 316 873-4935
Fax: +43 316 873-104935

Press releases:

Press release of the TU Graz online press office (English)

Pressemitteilung der TU Graz online Pressestelle (German)

About Graz:

Video, Copyright: Graz Tourismus

Background / actual:

The space sector is a fast growing segment. It features newest research activities and offers the possibility to transfer newly developed technologies in practical use cases. The space sector was originally dominated by governmental organizations, but the last decades have shown a strong shift towards private companies and industry, that have successfully developed new products and services. Examples of these are: satellite services in communications, navigation and remote sensing areas, space transportation, space tourism or future mining of rare materials on extra-terrestrial bodies.

Space industries have, over the years, tended to become multinational in nature. In Europe in particular, mergers and acquisitions have resulted in there being, instead of many potential prime contractors in different countries competing for future satellite or launch vehicle contracts, now only a few large trans-national space companies competing with each other. Thus, a demand identified by both industry and agencies was the need to provide training to their prospective future systems engineers and program managers to prepare them to work in or direct international teams. Industry in particular must have staff that is both highly qualified technically and which understand and can implement the modern business practices that are necessary to run a profitable business in today’s competitive environment.

The TU Graz master's programme, SpaceTech, is a successor, with an expanded and improved curriculum, to the SpaceTech programme that was offered for thirteen years by the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. It contains all the topics that used to be taught in the predecessor programme, supplemented with new classes in project management and human space flight, and with the preparation of a master's thesis.

Target audience:
  • Space experts, having at least five years of professional experience
  • International mid-career professionals seeking top-level expertise in space systems and business engineering
Content and focus:

The master’s programme SpaceTech covers the following topics:

  • Applied Project Management for Space Applications
  • Business Engineering
  • Space Mission Analysis and Design
  • Telecommunications
  • Earth Observation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Navigation
  • Human Space Flight
  • Interpersonal Skills & Leadership Development
  • Central Case Project (CCP) - as example: CCP Executive Summaries of past SpaceTech courses
  • A written master's thesis is required to be defened in front of an exam committee

All lectures are provided in the English language.


The worldwide space sector needs highly qualified staff in order to be able to integrate technical, systems, business, managerial and personal skills for the realization of successful products. SpaceTech satisfies this need. Its mission statement has been defined in a lengthy process involving all stakeholders of the program. It is stated as:

The SpaceTech program educates international mid-career professionals seeking top-level expertise in space systems and business engineering.

The vision for the programme has been defined as:

SpaceTech develops tomorrow’s world-class leaders in Space Systems and Business Engineering and prepares mid-career professionals for key roles in space systems and business engineering through world-class education in an international environment.

Teaching and learning plan:

The SpaceTech programme is designed as study with both distance learning elements and presence sessions, which can be attended by participants while they continue to work. It also features, as one important element, a Central Case Project (CCP) on which all students work, both separately and collectively.

The Central Case Project is a real-world project, in which, using what they have learned from the lectures as well as what they know from their individual backgrounds, the students are required to form a virtual company, design a suitable space and ground segment addressing a particular aspect of space which that company could market, and then demonstrate that their designs indeed have a sufficient market to be able to support a credible and profitable business case.

As example you can view CCP Executive Summaries of past SpaceTech courses.

Future fields of work:

After completion of the SpaceTech programme, the graduates will have acquired extensive knowledge in the areas of space systems and business engineering, learned how to apply this knowledge to solve real problems, and gained practical experience in individual and multicultural teamwork. This will have prepared them to perform a variety of leadership and management roles in the international aerospace field, whether in industry or in various space agencies.

Application and admission requirements:

The admission requirements for the master’s programme SpaceTech are as follows:

  • BSc or higher equivalent degree in engineering or natural science or similar academic qualification
  • Proven relation to space sector and typically five years or more of experience in the field of space systems
  • Proficiency in English
Application procedure and deadline:

Please submit your completely filled application form , your curriculum vitae and copies of relevant certificates to:

Dipl.-Ing. Peter Schrotter
Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
Life Long Learning (LLL)
Rechbauerstr. 12
A-8010 Graz, Austria

The admission to the programme will be decided by the academic direction following an evaluation of the application documents and an intake interview.