M.Sc. Sciences Spatiales

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR2400 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English, French (Find a course)
University of Liège | Liège, Belgium
Space is often regarded as a final frontier of human exploration. If you are interested in science topics related to space, if you want to be actively involved in space missions, this master constitutes the ideal portal ! This Master programme constitutes a well-balanced training between fundamental scientific questions related to astrophysics and planetology, and technological aspects in relation with modern space-borne and ground-based facilities dedicated to space sciences. This programme is unique in French-speaking Belgium.

Description of Sciences Spatiales

The Master in Space Sciences at the University of Liège constitutes the ideal formation to address scientific questions such as:
  • How does the Universe evolve?
  • How do stars form and evolve?
  • What is the origin of the Earth and how does it evolve?
  • What are the galaxies made of?
  • How do stars and our Sun work?
  • What are the astronomical objects that exist at the outskirt of the Universe?
  • What are the properties of planets, in our Solar system and beyond?
  • How can fundamental laws of physics be probed by astronomical observations?

In order to answer these questions, researchers in space sciences (astrophysics and planetology) exploit the most performant tools, at the forefront of present technology. These researchers contribute to the development of these instruments with unprecedented performances, in order to pave the way leading to tomorrow's discoveries. The Master in Space Sciences is the portal that gives access to these research activities.

Following the conclusion of Master programme, the graduates are able to use their knowledge and understanding of astrophysics, geophysics, planetology, space techniques, and astroparticle physics to address complex scientific issues, design and build new experiments, and share the results of their work with their colleagues and with a broader audience. In particular, they have acquired the following skills :

  • A thorough understanding of geophysical processes that affect the Earth, its atmosphere, its climate and its oceans ;
  • A thorough understanding of the solar system and the interactions between the Sun and the planets ;
  • A thorough understanding of stellar physics and physical processes that govern galaxies and the Universe as a whole ;
  • An in-depth knowledge of the space sector and the problems specific to this field ;
  • An analytical mind allowing a rigorous scientific approach and mathematical modeling of very diverse complex problems ;
  • The ability to work independently or as a team ;
  • An extensive experience in the use of diverse computer tools ;
  • An excellent knowledge of scientific communication for a specialized audience and public outreach.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline August (for EU students)/April (for Non-EU students)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2400 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 835 Year (EEA)

For EU students, 835€ is the maximum fee, you might pay less depending on your financial situation. For Non-EU students, 2,400€ is the average fee, which goes from 835€ up to 4000€; your tuition fee will depend on your nationality; please visit our website for more information

Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master in Space Sciences of the University of Liège (ULg) is built on the basis of a long standing tradition of renowned international research in this field in Liège (Belgium).
  • A strong point of this Master programme is the opportunity given to students to personalize their cursus, both through many optional courses covering a wide range of scientific topics and the Master's thesis that constitutes an excellent introduction to research in space sciences immersed in specialized research units. Traineeship in observatories or internship in private companies or other research institutions are also scheduled in the Master in Space Sciences, either in the framework of individual courses or during the Master's thesis preparation.
  • The organizers of the Master in Space Sciences are working in tight relation with international institutions such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Students can benefit of a dedicated mobility programme (Erasmus), in partnership with European universities proposing a course programme in astrophysics and geophysics. In particular, a joint graduation agreement has been signed with the University of Nice Sofia Antipolis, in France. Privileged contacts with the Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL) and the Faculty of Applied Sciences (ULg) constitute also a plus for this formation, through the development of the technological aspects of projects dedicated to space sciences.
  • Students in this Master are confronted to various theoretical and practical activities allowing to acquire many skills, including thorough understanding of physical processes that affect the Earth, its atmosphere, its climate and its oceans, the Solar system and the interactions between the Sun and planets, stars, galaxies, astroparticles, cosmology and the Universe. Through these learning activities, students in space sciences in Liège also acquire in-depth knowledge of the space sector, and problems and vocabulary specific to this field, along with extensive experience in the use of diverse computer tools. Such skills are highly valued in fundamental or applied research in renowned international and national institutions or research centers, or in the space industry. In addition, students learn to take over responsibilities in the handling of projects, and to communicate scientific results both for professionnals and for the general public. Several graduates holding a Master in Space Sciences have already been hired as PhD students in many institutions all over Europe.


The teaching staff is made of worldwide renowned researcher active in many fields of space sciences, including stellar and extragalactic astrophysics, physics of solar system bodies, planetology, fundamental physics and astroparticles, exploitation of multiple observational techniques, space instrumentation, optics and telescope design.

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Requirements for Sciences Spatiales

  • The Master in Space Sciences can be accessed by students holding a Bachelelor in physics or in engineering (or judged equivalent by the admission jury). Students with a Bachelor in mathematics or chemistry may be required to follow not more than 15 additional credits (physics courses).
  • Students holding a Bachelor in other scientific disciplines may also have access to the Master in Space Sciences provided they follow the equivalent of courses for a total between 15 and 60 credits (physics courses) in addition to the Master programme.
  • In any case, candidates for the registration to the Master in Space Sciences are asked to contact the organizers to receive a specific answer about the access conditions related to their previous academic track.

Work Experience for Sciences Spatiales

No work experience is required.

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University of Liège, Belgium

Belgium The University was founded in 1817 by William I of the Netherlands, then King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, and by his Minister of Education, Anton Reinhard Falck. The foundation of the university was the result of a long intellectual tradition which dates back to the origins of the Bishopric of Liège. Beginning in the 11th century, the influence of the prince-bishops of Liège attracted students and prominent scientists and philosophers, such as Petrarch, to study in its libraries. The reputation of its medieval schools gave the city the reputation as a new Athens. The University is now definitely open to the world and hosts 20,000 students, 4,000 of them being international students!

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