Career Path

Choosing a Course

There are hundreds of different undergraduate degree courses available, each covering different topics and offering different opportunities.


Course Type & Length

Undergraduate courses come in two flavours: Bachelor's (three years) and Master's (four years).

Course Subject

You can study pretty much any subject and still end up in the space industry if that’s where you want to be.

Spacecraft are designed by aerospace engineers, electronics engineers, computer scientists, chemists, technicians, and many more, but the space industry wouldn’t function without writers, artists, lawyers, accountants, doctors and many others.

Most people working in the space industry didn’t know that’s where they would end up, and they’ve come at it from every possible route. If you're having trouble deciding, the best thing to do is look at the degree requirements for jobs you are interested in.

Remember that courses at different universities will have different modules and focus on different things, so always check the prospectus before applying for a course!

A Year in Industry

Sometimes called a sandwich year, or industrial placement, a year in industry gives you the chance to gain real work experience before you graduate.

Author

Joseph Dudley

Joseph studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London, and created SpaceCareers.uk.

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