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 stream is no longer accepting entrants. If you are interested in studying space systems, consider our Space Systems Engineering Masters Degree. 

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 65% average in any Engineering discipline.

Sample Program Outlines*


Course code Course name Notes
AERO9500 Space Systems Architectures and Orbits
ELEC9762 Space Mission Development
ELEC9765 Space Law and Radio Regulations
ZEIT8012 Space Systems Engineering

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Course code Course name Notes
AERO4410 Advanced Aerospace Structures and Vibrations Not offered in 2017
GMAT9200 Principles of GPS Positioning
TELE4652 Mobile and Satellite Communications Systems


Course code Course name Notes
AERO9610 The Space Segment
ELEC9764 The Ground Segment and Space Operations
GMAT9765 Satellite Applications 2 Not offered in 2017
ZEIT8013 Space Applications 1 Not offered in 2017

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Course code Course name Notes
ELEC9722 Digital Image Processing
ELEC9725 Satellite Navigation: Systems, Signals & Receivers
GEOS9012 Remote Sensing Applications
ZEIT8230 Requirements Practice

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Course code Course name Notes
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective


Course code Course name Notes
ELEC9768 Satellite Engineering Project A (12 UOC)
ELEC9769 Satellite Engineering Project B (12 UOC)

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Course code Course name Notes
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 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.