Satellite Systems Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Tim Broadbent, Master of Engineering Science (Satellite Systems Engineering)

There is a good range of courses which progressed both my core engineering skills and also broadened my knowledge within my professional field

Tim Broadbent, Master of Engineering Science (Satellite Systems Engineering)

This program was designed with input from both the space industry and global leaders in education. The focus is on producing “industry savvy” professionals with knowledge of satellite engineering, from management and law, mission development, launch, operations and maintenance, through to satellite applications.

The program focuses on the Systems Engineering aspect of satellites, before delving into satellite applications. Through core and elective courses, and a year-long practical project, students gain a comprehensive foundation in Satellite Systems Engineering from the space segment to the ground-based operations, and typical applications.  

The Master of Engineering Science promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.

This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses). Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program. This is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.

The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives. 

Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 70% average in any Engineering discipline.

Sample Program Outlines*


Course codeCourse nameNotes
AERO9500Space Systems Architectures and Orbits
ELEC9762Space Mission Development
ELEC9765Space Law and Radio Regulations
ZEIT8012Space Systems Engineering

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Course codeCourse nameNotes
AERO4410Advanced Aerospace Structures and VibrationsNot offered in 2017
GMAT9200Principles of GPS Positioning
TELE4652Mobile and Satellite Communications Systems


Course codeCourse nameNotes
AERO9610The Space Segment
ELEC9764The Ground Segment and Space Operations
GMAT9765Satellite Applications 2Not offered in 2017
ZEIT8013Space Applications 1Not offered in 2017

Choose 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC9722Digital Image Processing
ELEC9725Satellite Navigation: Systems, Signals & Receivers
GEOS9012Remote Sensing Applications
ZEIT8230Requirements Practice

Choose at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective


Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC9768Satellite Engineering Project A (12 UOC)
ELEC9769Satellite Engineering Project B (12 UOC)

Choose up to 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 70% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 75% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.