Choosing a Course
There are hundreds of different undergraduate degree courses available, each covering different topics and offering different opportunities.
Course Type & Length
Undergraduate degrees come in two flavours: Bachelor's (three or four years) and Integrated Master's (four or five years).
You can study pretty much any subject and still end up in the space industry if that’s where you want to be. The most important thing is finding something that you're passionate about.
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!
Use this tool from the Russel Group universities to discover which courses suit the subjects you are currently studying, and find out more about the different courses available.
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. A large number of companies in the space industry offer year placements for undergraduate students. These normally start getting advertised from September onwards so check SpaceCareers.uk and other sites for placements as early as you can and get your CV prepared over the summer.