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General information on the master's degree

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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General details

Duration and start date
1.5 academic years, 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, excluding academic fees and degree certificate fee, €4,721 (€7,082 for non-EU residents).
This master's degree has been selected for the Masters of Excellence grant programme of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation for the 2017-2018 academic year. More information on the award criteria is available on the Foundation's 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


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 study and his or her 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 closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).
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.

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 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

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

On completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and experimental tools used in different areas within the aerospace field.
  • Use scientific programming techniques and basic and advanced numerical methods competently.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the most relevant physical aspects of aerospace systems.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the different types of materials used in the construction of aerospace vehicles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the tools, devices and systems that enable the analogue or digital conditioning of signals.
  • Demonstrate an up-to-date awareness of the main characteristics of international aerospace research.
  • Demonstrate broad 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.
  • Show initiative and originality in considering new approaches to an open problem and in considering 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.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the basic structure of the data bus of artificial satellites and the atmospheric phenomena that most affect aerial operations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the differences in behaviour of materials on a macro- and a nanoscale and 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 UAVs and 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.
  • Demonstrate 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 demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-RCS systems.



First semester

  • Aerospace Materials 5
  • Aerospace Seminars 5
  • Analog and Digital Signal Processing in Aerospace Applications 5
  • Broadening of Fundamentals in Aerospace Science and Technology 5
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Aerospace Engineering 5
  • Numerical Methods for Systems of Aerospace Engineering 5
  • Space Systems Engineering 5

Second semester

  • Architecture of Nano and Picosatellites 5
  • Astrodynamics 5
  • Aviation Weather 5
  • Composite Materials for Aerospace Applications 5
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Aerospace Engineering 5
  • Digital Avionic Systems 5
  • Integrated Electronic Systems for Aerospace Applications 5
  • Life-Support Systems in Space 5
  • Modern Control Systems 5
  • Nanotechnologies for Space Applications 5
  • Radio Navigation 5
  • Satellite Communications Systems 5
  • Science in Microgravity 5
  • Test and Instrumentation Systems in Aerospace Applications 5
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 5

Third semester

  • Master's Thesis 30
  • CompulsoryECTS
  • OptionalECTS
  • ProjectECTS

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