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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Aerospace Science and Technology (MAST)

The master's degree in Aerospace Science and Technology provides advanced training in the sciences and technology that are currently most widely used and applied in the fields of aeronautics and space exploration. Graduates of this master’s degree will have been trained in an interdisciplinary area of knowledge that includes the study of theoretical and practical groundwork, techniques, methods and processes, and will be skilled at promoting, defining and managing innovative research projects.

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Duration and start date
1.5 academic year, 90 ECTS credits. Starting September and february
Timetable and delivery
Mornings and afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree €4,721 (€7,082 for non-EU residents).
This master has been selected in the Masters of Excellence scholarship grant program the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation for the year 2016-2017 course. More information at the Foundation website.
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Language of instruction

Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC)

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register
Double-degree agreements
Double-degree pathways with universities around the world
  • Master's degree in Aerospace Science and Technology + one of the following master's degrees from the Cranfield University
    • Master in Aerospace Dynamics
    • Master in Aerospace Manufacturing
    • Master in Aerospace Vehicle Design
    • Master in Air Transport Management
    • Master in Automotive Engineering
    • Master in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control
    • Master in Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Master in Aerospace Computing


General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements
  • Degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Geology.
  • Degrees in Engineering (Telecommunications, Civil Engineering).
  • Diplomas in Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering).
  • Engineering degrees in Aeronautical or Industrial Engineering.
  • Other Engineering degrees.
Admission criteria

 Evaluation will take place according to the following points, in this order:

  • Letter explaining the applicant’s motivation to follow this course of studies and their research interests.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Academic record.
  • Accreditation of a good knowledge of English.
  • Two reference letters. 
The admission of students with foreign degrees will be evaluated by the corresponding committee.
Pre-enrolment period open.
How to pre-enrol
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

Graduates from this master’s degree will be experts qualified to work in:

  • University departments, institutes or research centres in order to produce a doctoral thesis.
  • R&D&I departments in industry in the aerospace field or similar. 

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies
  • Show an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and experimental tools for use in different areas within the aerospace field.
  • Use scientific programming techniques and the basic and advanced numerical methods competently.
  • Show an advanced knowledge of the most relevant physical aspects of aerospace systems.
  • Use an in-depth knowledge of the different types of materials used in the construction of aerospace vehicles.
  • Show knowledge of the tools, devices and systems that enable the analogue or digital conditioning of signals.
  • Have an up-to-date awareness of the main characteristics of international aerospace research.
  • Show a broad-based knowledge of R&D&I activities in the companies in the sector in this region.
  • Define the context and the variables that affect research projects.
  • Approach research problems consistently and with good scientific working methods.
  • Use initiative and originality in considering new approaches to an open problem or for opening new problems.
  • Produce a doctoral thesis.
  • Understand the dynamic of the artificial satellites orbiting the Earth and have a detailed and objective vision of the capacities of very low-mass satellites.
  • Calculate interplanetary trajectories.
  • Understand the concepts of analysis and design of controllers for uncertain systems.
  • Show a detailed knowledge of the basic structure of the data bus of artificial satellites and the atmospheric phenomena that most affect aerial operations.
  • Show knowledge of the differences in behaviour of materials on a macro- and a nanoscale and be able to identify the specific characteristics of nanoscale processes for the conceptual design of sensors, materials and support systems for life in space.
  • Understand the characteristics of platforms for obtaining microgravity and the behaviour of different physical systems in microgravity.
  • Design an experiment to carry out in parabolic flight.
  • Understand the operation of UAV and know the rigorous formulation of measurement algorithms and how to guarantee their quality.
  • Design and implement automatic measuring systems and show knowledge of the tools, devices and systems that enable the conditioning of analogue and digital signals.
  • Show knowledge of the systems that support human life on inter-planetary missions and the main elements of the design of a life support system.
  • Design electronic on-board equipment in which microtechnologies play an important role.
  • Categorise satellite communication systems and know the characteristics of DVB-S, DVB-S2, and DVB-RCS systems.



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