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2 University of Leicester Welcome to Leicester We believe that our world-changing research produces high-quality teaching – and will inspire you to go further. Contents At Leicester we consider education and knowledge to be a power for good. We aim to push the boundaries and discover ways to improve and change the world for the better. Page For example our Department of Physics and Astronomy is currently involved in a 3 About the Course number of future missions including the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars 4 Why Study rover, and the ESA Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer Mission to explore the solar system’s largest planet and two of its moons, Ganymede and Europa. A Leicester- 6 Course Details and Structure built instrument has been operating in space every year since 1967, and many 10 Student Life of the insights and technologies pioneered by our expert academics during these missions have advanced our understanding of the universe and solar system and have also led to technology applications back home. But it this is not just about what we do – this is about you. Because we’re equally as passionate about giving you the chance to find your own way, push the boundaries and put your mark on the world. We know our work is better in a shared academic community that includes you. Where you’re coming from and your journey up to this point will have given you your own personal perspectives and ideas. Your experience, energy and willingness to ask the difficult questions benefits you and us. You’ll be working with our leading academics who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines. By sharing their enthusiasm you’ll become part of a stimulating and innovative learning community, which will enable you to realise your potential and to compete alongside the very best. www.seeds-master.eu Left: 3D image of the carrier rocket, Ariane-5.
MSc in space exploration systems 3 About the course Our Space Exploration Systems MSc, focuses on robotic and human space exploration systems, instrumentation and techniques. It will equip you with the in-depth knowledge and professional skills to embark on a successful career in the thriving and innovative international space industry. Designed for both physicists and engineers, this cutting- This course aims to bridge the divide between systems edge course will explore space systems engineering, space engineering and space and planetary science. You will instrumentation, the space environment, space power systems be educated in an international environment, and you (including nuclear power systems) and space mission design. will graduate equipped with the top-level competency, professional skills and advanced space project experience Over the duration of the course, you will acquire the core to meet the requirements of the European and broader applied physics and engineering skills required to develop space international space sectors. systems and missions from initial concept through design, assembly and verification, to launch and operations. For physicists, the MSc will provide the systems engineering Professional Accreditation knowledge required to work in industry. For engineers, it This is a new course and accreditation by the Institute of will stimulate an appreciation for space science, and Physics and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) the enabling technologies for robotic and human space will be part of the course development programme once the exploration and instrumentation which contribute to that course is running. science.
4 University of Leicester Why Study Be at the cutting-edge technology transfer and knowledge exchange to the benefit of the general population. Knowledge and It is recognised that the challenges associated with technology transfer from non-space sectors of the space exploration and research promote economic economy to the benefit of space exploration initiatives growth through education and training, innovation can accelerate the development of space systems and and technology development. You have the chance to promote growth across industry sectors. be a part of this. Programmes like the MSc in Space Exploration Systems foster the development of this knowledge-based and innovation-based economy Knowledge with far-reaching applications and contribute to developing the next generation of highly skilled space scientists and engineers. People trained to deal with the challenges posed by space exploration and research are well placed to Space exploration missions and their associated solve challenging problems in other fields. Many space challenges are an important source of inspiration and science and engineering technologies and methods have innovation, which can lead to a transfer of technologies direct applications in the wider aerospace industries. to the benefit of other sectors of the economy. Space Specialist topics covered in this MSc programme such science and exploration can result in both successful as Space Nuclear Power have relevance to terrestrial nuclear power, a large growth industry with expanding employment prospects. In a world characterised by rapid technological development, graduates with the ability to apply their skills in a professional context will increasingly work across traditional industry boundaries.
MSc in space exploration MSc in development space exploration systemssystems (seeds) 5 Excellent prospects Highly skilled space scientists and engineers will be needed to meet the requirements of the European space industry and fill the large numbers of high- value jobs that will be created by UK initiatives such as the Catapult Innovation and Technology Centre, which is dedicated to new space applications. Additionally, our MSc programme can give you crucial real-world experience. It offers you the chance to work in large teams, interact with industry and work in space project environments, which are representative of industrial environments. You will be using industry- standard methods and tools, and will contribute to project work informed by cutting-edge research. International Outlook The MSc programme gives you a valuable opportunity to participate in an international project phase. You will work in multidisciplinary and multinational teams across three European countries. By completing this international project you will receive, in addition to your MSc, a certificate recognising your experience and achievement of working in an international environment. Right: The David Wilson Library on campus, winner of the prestigious Times Higher Education Outstanding Library Team award.
6 University of Leicester Course Details and Structure The MSc structure and facilities are aimed at recreating the industrial settings and methods that characterise space projects. Project work is a key focus of the programme and is designed to be topical and relevant to industry needs. The course offers an international placement option for the major project component of the course. International Project Place Opportunity, Space Exploration Development Systems (SEEDS) Taught Component: 180 credits – 120 credits Project Component: 60 credits The taught component will be completed in the UK. The project component will be part of a collaborative programme with Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE), Toulouse, France. You will spend 2 months at each of the 3 institutions during the project phase and you will be required to cover basic travel and subsistence costs. The project component will require you to work in large interdisciplinary teams mimicking the environments found in industry. The course is taught in English at all three sites. An industrial advisory body will be appointed to assist with the selection and definition of projects. Each of the partner universities has a local programme director or coordinating team. The current local programme directors are: Prof Gianfranco Chiocchia (Politecnico di Torino), Prof Bénédicte Escudier (ISAE), and Dr Richard Ambrosi (University of Leicester). The University of Leicester coordinating team includes: Dr Nigel Bannister, Dr Hugo Williams and Dr Ian Hutchinson. The international SEEDS programme is supported and endorsed by Politecnico di Torino (Italy), ISAE (Toulouse, France), Thales Alenia Space (Torino, Italy), ASI (Italian Space Agency), CNES (French Space Agency), UK Space Agency, ALTEC – Advanced Logistics Technology Engineering Centre (Torino, Italy) and other companies and institutions. Complete your Major Project in the UK Taught Component: 180 credits – 120 credits Project Component: 60 credits You will complete all elements of the course in the UK and work with the Leicester-based project supervision and mentoring teams. The course work and structure of the project activity will be identical to that of the international MSc programme, the only difference being that you will remain in the UK throughout the programme. The project component will require you to work in large interdisciplinary teams mimicking the environments found in industry. The projects offered would be based on discussions with an industrial advisory body due to be appointed in the near future. This course is open to all European and international students meeting the entry requirements. Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) Taught Component: The Postgraduate Diploma (120 UK credits) shares the taught component of the MSc. If you graduate with a PG Dip you can meet the requirements of the MSc by completing the project component at a later date.
MSc in space exploration systems 7 Duration Entry Requirements This is a full time, campus based course. A first or 2:1 BSc, BEng, honours degree, MPhys, MEng or Master’s • The MSc takes 12 months to complete full time, or up to degree in a relevant subject or a qualification recognised by the four years part-time. University of Leicester as equivalent. Students that do not strictly meet these requirements (e.g. students with a 2:2 BSc, BEng, • The PG Diploma takes 6 months to complete. honours degree, MPhys, MEng or Master’s degree in a relevant subject or a qualification recognised by the University of Leicester Start Date as equivalent) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. October 2013. Facilities Teaching and Assessment Methods The course will make extensive use of teaching, laboratory and The taught component of the MSc and PG Dip courses runs computer facilities in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. for six months and encompasses a range of teaching methods: lectures, computational and practical workshops, laboratory work, seminars, project based learning, independent learning Career Pathways and team working activities. The aim of the MSc is to provide you with the training and high- Seminars and course material will be delivered by industrial level skills required to meet the needs of the European or wider partners and experts in the space sector, and comprise a key international space sectors. The course is aimed at students with element of the programme. International collaborators with an interest in following a career in the space sector whether in honorary positions at the University of Leicester will provide academia or industry. assistance in delivering the taught component of the course. The aim is for the course and project supervision to be delivered The project-based component of the MSc course spans six in collaboration with industry, which ensures that the project months. During this phase you will have the opportunity to work and course content remain topical and relevant to industry interact with mentors and project supervisors from academia needs and practices. and industry. These individuals will be expert practitioners in Additionally the skills you will develop in the project phase are the fields which they supervise. excellent preparation for life in the workplace. Your knowledge Assessment methods will include examinations and assessment and understanding of the pressures of industry-level projects will by course work. Additional assessment methods are currently be greatly enhanced, and you will perfect the interpersonal skills under development. required to work as part of a successful cross-disciplinary team. The course offers a solid foundation for further study if you wish Course Fees to participate in a PhD programme or pursue a research career MSc Course in applied/experimental physics or engineering. • Home/EU: £5,010 · International: £15,305 You can receive more general advice from our Career Development Service web site: www.le.ac.uk/careers PG Dip Course • Home/EU: £4,010 · International: £12,244 The History of SEEDS University of Leicester alumni will be eligible for a 10% The international placement in Space Exploration Development discount. This loyalty scheme applies to all taught courses and Systems (SEEDS) is a successful programme that started in 2005. research degrees except: Led by the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, the current incarnation of the • Distance learning courses • PGCE programmes international element of the course also includes Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, France and more recently the • Part-time courses • Four-year M-level University of Leicester. All three partners share common features programmes including: strong links with space industry, heritage in space This discount is only available to self-financing students research and exploration, and the inclusion of high-level expertise who have successfully completed a full-time, campus-based in the delivery of teaching. The aim of the course is to produce undergraduate degree with the University of Leicester. It cannot graduates with the advanced space systems knowledge and focus be combined with any other discount on course fees. to meet the requirements of the European space sector.
8 University of Leicester MSc Course be covered in more detail building on previous modules and also delve into the space missions enabled by these systems. Semester 1 • Advanced Spacecraft Engineering • Foundations of Professional Space Science and Engineering This optional module will build on previous modules by providing Professional skills and disciplinary context are targeted. Provides graduates with the tools required to translate the objectives physicists and engineers with the fundamental space science, of space exploration or space science mission into a spacecraft instrumentation background and engineering skills. Reference is system or instrument that will deliver the science requirements. made to the unique challenges of space exploration and space The focus will be on the use of more advanced design and systems development. analysis packages used in industry and the experimental verification and validation of these methods and designs. In • MATLAB and CAD addition this module will also provide an understanding of the This module will enable students to use MATLAB in an European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) system. interactive mode, entering and assigning data to variables and • X-ray, UV Optics and Applications using plotting functions. This module will enable students to write simple programs and user-defined functions. This optional module will provide a deeper understanding of X-ray and UV optics and their application in astronomy and planetary This module will introduce students to state-of-the-art science. CAD tools relevant to their chosen discipline such as the Communications toolbox, SIMULINK, Spice and Solid Works. • Aerospace Materials Design and analysis of appropriate systems is introduced. This optional module focuses on the development of new materials • Systems Engineering and Spacecraft Systems and enhanced materials properties, which are at the forefront of the enormous improvement in the performance, reliability and Introduces students to the discipline of systems engineering and sustainability of advanced aerospace systems. The performance the key sub-systems found in spacecraft, exploration systems requirements of air and spacecraft place huge demands on their and how they closely interact. materials of construction. Graduates with sound knowledge of the • Spaceflight Dynamics and Propulsion attributes of different classes of materials will be at the forefront of these developments. In addition to the traditional aerospace sector, This module will tackle the fundamental engineering principles other industries are increasingly adopting materials with aerospace appropriate to astronautics with specific emphasis on rocket heritage, e.g. automotive, motorsport, marine and renewable propulsion, rocket engines, launchers, space vehicles, and energy. The Aerospace Materials module will provide a sound orbital mechanics. Electric and nuclear propulsion will also be foundation for a wide variety of careers and give you an appreciation covered in this module. of how material properties contribute to the performance of advanced engineering systems. The module provides an opportunity • Space and Planetary Environment, Planetary Surfaces to study a comprehensive range of topics in structural materials, The design challenges of the space environment include informed by the latest research and industrial practice. accounting for: high radiation, temperature extremes, lack of • Major Research Project insolation without neglecting getting to and onto the surface of planets or planetary bodies. This module will tackle these The research project will enable students to work in elements of space exploration. multidisciplinary small teams to tackle topical space exploration research projects, which will be designed in collaboration with Semester 2 advisors from the space industry. • Spacecraft Instrumentation for Space and Planetary Science • Optional Major Project Placement – Space Exploration Development Systems (SEEDS) Gain insight into instrument development and design for space and planetary science applications. This module will cover This optional international placement will enable students to work instrument systems for particle detection as well as a large part in multidisciplinary small teams to tackle topical space exploration of the electromagnetic spectrum. research projects, which will be designed in collaboration with advisors from the space industry. The international research project • Human Spaceflight and Nuclear Systems placement in collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and This optional module will provide a detailed overview of the the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse, specific requirements and challenges introduced by human France. Students will have the opportunity to spend time working on spaceflight. Space nuclear power and propulsion systems will their project in multidisciplinary student teams in Italy and France.
MSc in space exploration systems 9 PG Dip Course Semester 2 • Spacecraft Instrumentation for Space and Planetary Semester 1 Science • Foundations of Professional Space Science and Gain insight into instrument development and design for Engineering space and planetary science applications. This module will Professional skills and disciplinary context are targeted. cover instrument systems for particle detection as well as a Provides physicists and engineers with the fundamental large part of the electromagnetic spectrum. space science, instrumentation background and engineering • Human Spaceflight and Nuclear Systems skills. Reference is made to the unique challenges of space exploration and space systems development. This optional module will provide a detailed overview of the specific requirements and challenges introduced by human • MATLAB and CAD spaceflight. Space nuclear power and propulsion systems This module will enable students to use MATLAB in an will be covered in more detail building on previous modules interactive mode, entering and assigning data to variables and and also delve into the space missions enabled by these using plotting functions. This module will enable students to systems. write simple programs and user-defined functions. • Advanced Spacecraft Engineering This module will introduce students to state-of-the-art This optional module will build on previous modules by CAD tools relevant to their chosen discipline such as the providing graduates with the tools required to translate the Communications toolbox, SIMULINK, Spice and Solid Works. objectives of space exploration or space science mission Design and analysis of appropriate systems is introduced. into a spacecraft system or instrument that will deliver the • Systems Engineering and Spacecraft Systems science requirements. The focus will be on the use of more advanced design and analysis packages used in industry and Introduces students to the discipline of systems engineering the experimental verification and validation of these methods and the key sub-systems found in spacecraft, exploration and designs. In addition this module will also provide an systems and how they closely interact. understanding of the European Cooperation for Space • Spaceflight Dynamics and Propulsion Standardization (ECSS) system. This module will tackle the fundamental engineering • X-ray, UV Optics and Applications principles appropriate to astronautics with specific emphasis This optional module will provide a deeper understanding of on rocket propulsion, rocket engines, launchers, space X-ray and UV optics and their application in astronomy and vehicles, and orbital mechanics. Electric and nuclear planetary science propulsion will also be covered in this module. • Aerospace Materials • Space and Planetary Environment, Planetary Surfaces This optional module focuses on the development of new The design challenges of the space environment include materials and enhanced materials properties, which are at the accounting for: high radiation, temperature extremes, lack of forefront of the enormous improvement in the performance, insolation without neglecting getting to and onto the surface reliability and sustainability of advanced aerospace systems. of planets or planetary bodies. This module will tackle these The performance requirements of air and spacecraft place elements of space exploration. huge demands on their materials of construction. Graduates with sound knowledge of the attributes of different classes of materials will be at the forefront of these developments. In addition to the traditional aerospace sector, other industries are increasingly adopting materials with aerospace heritage, e.g. automotive, motorsport, marine and renewable energy. The Aerospace Materials module will provide a sound foundation for a wide variety of careers and give you an appreciation of how material properties contribute to the performance of advanced engineering systems. The module provides an opportunity to study a comprehensive range of topics in structural materials, informed by the latest research and industrial practice.
10 University of Leicester Student Life Campus Academy Leicester. You are encouraged halls if you apply for accommodation by to get involved with the SU – there are 1 September of your year of entry. On our bustling compact campus it’s over 200 student societies covering a rare to walk from one end to the other www.le.ac.uk/accommodation huge range – sport, politics, media, without bumping into someone you performing arts and much, much more. know along the way. The campus is a Sports facilities It’s a great way of meeting new people, vibrant community, with all manner of gaining skills or trying something The University has recently invested places to meet, eat and drink, as well as completely different! £10m in its sports facilities. You can study. We’re committed to providing you with high quality facilities and our £1bn enjoy a work out, take a swim or work campus development plan ensures all Accommodation up a sweat in a fitness class at our sports our resources meet the needs of modern centres on campus or at Manor Road Our accommodation offers you a wide and ambitious students. (next to the Oadby Student Village). variety of choice. Whether you fancy You are also encouraged to get involved self-catered or catered, en-suite or Students’ Union with our sports clubs, which welcome standard, there will be a package to suit members of all abilities. Keen competitors The Students’ Union is brimming with you. Our halls at Oadby are surrounded can also represent the University through opportunities that will make your by beautiful Botanic Gardens and offer Team Leicester, the hotly-contested time at Leicester unforgettable. The a thriving social life. Accommodation Varsity matches and get involved with our spectacular Percy Gee building boasts in the city gives you independence and thriving Intramural events. superb facilities, from bookshops to bars the amenities of the city right on your and the fantastic live-music venue, O2 doorstep. You are guaranteed a room in www.le.ac.uk/sports
MSc in space exploration systems 11 Embrace Arts short walk from campus so you’ll never therapy, bars, cafés and restaurants. For be far from the action. those with independent tastes Leicester The University has its own arts centre, Lanes houses a variety of boutiques and Embrace Arts, with a packed programme Leicester’s diverse heritage is reflected specialist shops. for students and the public, featuring in a dazzling array of festivals and music, dance, theatre, comedy as well cultural experiences including the As you would expect from a true as exhibitions. It also runs courses largest Diwali celebrations outside student city, there is a huge variety of covering everything from salsa dancing India, the UK’s longest running Comedy bars, clubs and live music venues that to jewellery making. Students can get Festival, the eclectic Summer Sundae cater for all kinds of tastes. Food lovers concessionary prices and discounts on Music Festival, and the University’s are treated to a fantastic selection of courses and workshops. hugely successful book festival – restaurants, with specialities available Literary Leicester. from every corner of the world. www.embracearts.co.uk Recent developments have led to About the City of the opening of the world-class Curve Theatre and Phoenix Square Leicester Independent Arts Centre in the new Leicester is a lively and diverse city Cultural Quarter, which complement and the tenth largest in Britain. It Leicester’s existing array of cinemas, has all the activities and facilities you theatres, museums and galleries. The would expect, with a friendly and safe sparkling Highcross complex features atmosphere. The city centre is just a 110,000 square metres of retail
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