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SpaceTech – Master of Engineering in Space Systems and Business Engineering

The aerospace sector is a fast growing market. Multinational corporations are conducting research on cutting-edge technology to successfully develop new products and services. Some examples include satellite services in the communication, navigation and remote sensing fields, aerospace transportation, space tourism or the future mining of extraterrestrial materials.
Through the master's programme "SpaceTech", participants are trained by experts in the fields of Space Systems and Business Engineering and prepared to take on key roles and management responsibilities in the international environment of the space industry.


You gain comprehensive knowledge on the current state of international research in the following fields:

  • Applied Project Management for Space Systems
  • Business Engineering
  • Space Mission Analysis and Design
  • Telecommunications
  • Earth Observation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Navigation
  • Human Space Flight

In addition, you acquire leadership and soft skills, perform case studies (Central Case Project – CCP) and complete a Master’s thesis.

The course content is taught by internationally recognized experts from the respective fields.

Target Groups

The master's programme is appropriate for

  • Experts with several years of experience working in the aerospace sector and
  • International mid-career professionals seeking top-level expertise in space systems and business engineering.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a technical, scientific, economic or legal field
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience working in the aerospace sector or a closely related field
  • Good command of the English language
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Dates and Deadlines

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 3 semesters (18 months)
  • Final degree: MEng SpaceTech – Master of Engineering in Space Systems and Business Engineering
  • ECTS credits: 90
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Attendance Fee (VAT-free): 34,000 €
    • exclusive costs for travelling, lodging and meals
    • Self payers: please contact us to evaluate the availability of stipends/scholarships

  • Number of participants: limited to 18
  • Course location: 6 Space Centers:
    • TU Graz, Austria
    • CNES Toulouse, France
    • ESA ESOC Darmstadt, Germany
    • DLR GSOC Munich, Germany
    • ESA ESRIN Frascati, Italy
    • ESA ESTEC Noordwijk, the Netherlands

  • Curriculum (study plan)


Source: TU Graz


  • 6 sessions with mandatory attendance, each lasting two weeks and located at 6 European Space Centers
  • Accompanying online course
  • Central Case Project (CCP) conducted in a team
  • Completion of the Master’s thesis
  • Final session with mandatory attendance, which includes the exam and award of the degree (MEng SpaceTech)  

By combining online lessons with lessons taught on-site, the course has been optimally designed to the needs of working students.

Otto Koudelka, Source: S. Furgler
Otto Koudelka, programme director

Specialists from the aerospace industry can both expand their technological knowledge, but also prepare to take on leadership positions and become familiar with modern business practices in an international environment by taking this training course.

Larson Wiley
Wiley Larson, SpaceTech Director

Our participants are hand-picked, mid-career men and women, supported by governments or industries around the globe, to attend SpaceTech with the goal of developing necessary capabilities to become technical leaders in their organizations. During the 18 month program we get to know each other very well, and, in many cases, form lasting friendships. The best part of the SpaceTech program for me is seeing our participants meet and exceed their goals to become leaders of their organizations, working together across cultures and countries.

Milen Tahtadejiev
Milen TAHTADJIEV - SpaceTech 2016 Alumnus

The SpaceTech masters covers thoroughly technical, business, financial, legal, and managerial aspects of space-related programmes. SpaceTech provides you with the necessary background to pursue a career in the space industry and allows you to build a professional social network for life.

Petra Wijnja
Petra WIJNJA - SpaceTech 2020 Alumna

The SpaceTech2020 Masters Programme has given me the option to start a masters study, while still working. There is a good mix between classical lessons and individual studying. What I especially like, is the way the program not only gives you theoretical lessons, but also guides you in the practical execution of a space system engineering project, which you have to conduct with your fellow students. The coaches are helpful and flexible, aiding the process of combining family, work and study.

Central Case Project (CCP)

As part of the Central Case Project, you form a virtual company and work both independently and as a member of a team on a viable business case, that is finally presented in front of stakeholders.

Here are the Executive Summaries of the previous Central Case Projects:

ESA’s former Director General Prof. Jan Wörner and the Former Rector of TU Graz, Prof. Hans Sünkel showing the LUNATIX Nanobot, developed by the SpaceTech 2016 participants in their Central Case Project (CCP)

Career Options and Qualifications

Graduates have gained a comprehensive knowledge of Space Systems and Business Engineering, have acquired expertise that can be applied in their professional life and have gained experience working in responsible and multicultural teamwork collected.

The potential occupations include diverse management positions in the aerospace industry – in either corporations or various aerospace agencies.


Next programme will begin: March 2022

Application deadline: 15 January 2022

Required documents:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Curriculum vitae including a portrait photo
  • Proof of academic degree and other relevant certificates
  • Relevant certificates of employment
  • Copy of passport or identity card

Send all application forms by e-mail or mail to:

TU Graz
Life Long Learning
c/o Dipl.-Ing. Peter SCHROTTER
Stremayrgasse 16
8010 Graz, Austria


The programme direction will decide which applications will be accepted after examining the application documents and interviewing the applicants.

Peter Schrotter, Source: lichtmeister.com


SpaceTech Programme Manager
TU Graz Life Long Learning
Phone: +43 316 873 4935

Programme Direction

Programme Director
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Phone: +43 316 873 7441

SpaceTech Director