Satellite Systems Engineering - ELECOS8338

Stream Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Electrical Eng and Telecommunications

Contact: School

Program: 8338 - Engineering Science


Master of Engineering Science (Specialisation)

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Stream Outline

The School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications offers a Satellite Systems Engineering stream in the Master of Engineering Science degree. Unlike other programs, which tend to be application-specific (that is master's in satellite communications), this stream will focus on the systems engineering aspect of satellites before delving into the areas of applications of satellites. Thus, the stream comprises a complement of core and elective courses, and a year-long practical project.

These courses give students a comprehensive foundation in satellite systems engineering in all its aspects from the space segment to the ground segment and typical applications.

The stream serves as a point of entry to a profession in the space industry, or to a research career in space.


Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline of engineering with a minimum 65% average.*

*NOTE: The minimum average required for entry is as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator. Students from a non-211 university in China need a minimum 70% average. For entry details (particularly for South Asian students) please click here.

Stream Structure

Please note that the stream structure below lists the courses that fulfil the requirements of the degree, but does not indicate the recommended sequence in which individual courses should be taken. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the Electrical Engineering School website for the recommended stream structure and for advice on course selection sequences that are consistent with timetabling and availability.

Disciplinary Courses: 24-30 UOC
  • ELEC9765 Space Law and Radio Regulations (6UOC)
PLUS 0-6 UOC from the following list:

Advanced Disciplinary Courses: 24-30 UOC
  • GMAT9765 Satellite Applications 2 (6UOC)
Plus 0-6 UOC from the following list:
  • GMAT9202 Satellite Navigation (6UOC)

Research-related Courses: 24UOC

  • ELEC9768 Satellite Engineering Project A (12UOC)
  • ELEC9769 Satellite Engineering Project B (12UOC)
Electives: 24 UOC

At least 6 UoC Engineering and Technical Management (ETM) to be chosen from the approved ETM list. The remainder of electives may be chosen from disciplinary or advanced disciplinary courses from this specialisation, or another specialisation within the Master of Engineering Science program with approval from the stream authority.

* Note: Students who successfully complete the 24 UOC project may be granted exemption of 6 UOC Engineering and Technical Management.

Exemptions or Advanced Standing

Exemptions and advanced standing rules for the stream follow the program rules. A student may apply for exemptions. Students with a four year honours degree (for example in Electrical Engineering) may obtain a maximum of 48 UOC of exemptions. Full details are noted on the program handbook page.

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