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Space and Astronautical Engineering

Sapienza University of Rome
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Space and Astronautical Engineering

The programs provides students with specific skills in space mission planning and in analysis & design of launchers, satellites and remote metering/telemetry systems. It emphasises systems-related and interdisciplinary aspects and is linked with research/innovation activities in European aerospace industries. Graduates will be able to address complex issues requiring analysis, development, simulation and optimization in a wide range of aerospace-related topics. The Aerospace Engineering curriculum held in English is organized as follows. 1st year: knowledge is provided in major aerospace areas, Spaceflight Mechanics & Attitude Dynamics, Controls, Fluid Dynamics, Propulsion, Structures and Space Systems. 2nd year: students select courses from a wide range of Space and Astronautical Engineering topics.

Admission requirements

Bachelor in Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering is preferred, other industrial engineering bachelor are accepted (especially mechanical/energy engineering). Other bachelor degrees in engineering/physics are only considered for outstanding candidates. Required background knowledge includes the following subjects: Trigonometry; Analytic geometry; Calculus; Linear algebra; Numerical methods for equation roots and quadrature; Programming skills (Matlab, Fortran, Mathematica, CAD); General Chemistry; Physics: Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism; Analytical Mechanics; Applied Mechanics; Materials Science; Electrical engineering; Mechanics of solids; Aerodynamics; Structural analysis; Basics of orbital mechanics; Basic concepts of thrust generation and cost in jet engines.

  • Minimum GPA: 70/100

Minimum English Language Requirements: Upper Intermediate (CEFR Level B2) The following test scores are accepted:

  • IELTS Academic 6.0 or higher
  • TOEFL IbT 80 or higher
  • Cambridge B2 First or higher
  • TOEIC Listening&Reading 720 or higher

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First year

  • Control Systems
  • Spaceflight Mechanics
  • Compressible Flows
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Space Missions and Systems
  • Rocket Propulsion

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is €1000 per year. 


Learning Outcomes

The Master Degree in Space and Astronautical Engineering aims to provide students with advanced scientific and professional training with specific engineering skills that enable them to face complex problems associated with the analysis, development, simulation and optimization of systems and subsystems. The programs also provides students with an appropriate training regarding the fundamental issues related to launchers, interplanetary missions of space vehicles, reentry capsules and manned space missions, focusing on their systemic and scientific aspects.

Career opportunities

Graduates typically practice their profession in the following areas:

  • Industries in the space sector
  • Small and medium-sized companies in the industrial sector of the space sector
  • National and international public and private research centres
  • National and international space agencies
  • Consulting companies
  • Service companies, certification bodies.

Graduates in Space and Astronautical Engineering are also qualified to participate in activities which are typical of sectors similar to Space and Astronautical Engineering, since their high level of scientific and technological competences in this sector represents and advantage.

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Sapienza University of Rome

Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Rome

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