Space Engineering

Academic year: 2023/2024

Programme duration: 2 years


A Bachelor Degree in a related field. A solid knowledge in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Principles of Electricity, Thermodynamics, General and Applied Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Materials, Automatic Control is required.

Mission and goals

The objective of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Space Engineering is to educate highly skilled professionals, qualified to develop and manage technical activities related to research and design in the space sector. Space Engineering graduates have all the competences to fully develop activities related to the design, technical analysis and verification of a space mission. Within these activities, in particular, graduates from Politecnico di Milano can develop specific skills in the areas of: mission analysis, thermal and structural design of space components, design of the space propulsion and power generation system, design of the orbit and attitude control systems, space systems integration and testing.


1st year

Aerothermodynamics, Orbital Mechanics, Spacecrafts Structures,Dynamics and Control of Space Structures Heat Transfer and Thermal Analysis, Communications Skills.

2nd year

Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control, Space Propulsion, Space Physics, Numerical Modelling of Aerospace Systems, Experimental Techniques in Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Technologies and Materials, Telecommunication Systems, Space Mission Analysis and Design, Launch Systems, Payload Design, Graduation Thesis and Final Work.

Career opportunities

The knowledge gained through the degree in Space Engineering is suited to responsibility positions where working autonomy is required. As an example, positions offered by the space industry, research centres, private or public companies involved in the design, manufacturing and testing of space components. Furthermore, the skills and competences of the space engineer are well suited to companies involved in the design and manufacturing of products characterized by lightweight structures and autonomous operation capacity, and more in general where advanced design tools and technologies are adopted.

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