Space and Geodesy (TUM)

Boost your CV by studying abroad; study at two internationally acclaimed universities, spend one year abroad, and gain a unique specialization in Space and Geodesy. 1:1 MSc programme in Space and Geodesy in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The programme is of two years duration with students completing one year at DTU and one year at TUM.

Space and Geodesy

The DTU-TUM 1:1 Master's programme in Space and Geodesy is a two-year intensive exchange master's programme for students enrolled at either DTU or TUM. You will spend one year at TUM and one year at DTU.

The study programme aims at providing the students with state-of-the-art competencies within Satellite Geodesy for a wide range of applications. Mapping the Earth gravity field and its changes from space is key to understand the physical processes of, e.g., the hydrological cycle. Satellite-based positioning is important for accurate navigation. In Rocketry, the focus is on developing space-based technologies.

After successfully completing the program, you will be awarded either a Master of Science in Engineering (Earth and Space Physics and Engineering) at DTU or Master of Science at TUM. Your diploma will bear the logos of both universities and will be supplemented by a special insert which describes your participation in the DTU-TUM 1:1 Master's programme.

Focus

The 1:1 Master's programme in Space and Geodesy is composed of six study tracks with defined competence profiles:

  • Satellite Geodesy – Gravimetry,
  • Satellite Geodesy - Navigation,
  • Rocketry and Aerospace,
  • Physical and Satellite Geodesy,
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and
  • Space Science and Technology

The three first tracks are for students starting the first year at DTU, while the three other tracks are for students beginning the first year at TUM.

Studying abroad jump-starts your career as employers are always looking for graduates with an international outlook and intercultural competencies. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to enter a PhD programme, but you will also be qualified jobs in the European space industry, developing Copernicus and Galileo, or leading research institutes.

Graduating from the MSc programme with a high-grade point average will qualify you for admission to PhD studies - either as an industrial PhD with concurrent employment in a company or as a regular PhD student.

Read more about DTU's PhD programmes

For students with home university DTU, the programme targets students:

  • who have successfully completed a relevant Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor in Earth and Space Physics Engineering or a Bachelor in Physics at TUM or at DTU can be admitted to the 1:1 programme
  • who have successfully obtained 30 ECTS Mathematics, 20 ECTS Physics and at least 5 ECTS Statistics
  • who are well-versed in the English language

DTU students of the Master's Programme Earth and Space Physics and Engineering (ESPE) are eligible for DTU-TUM 1:1 Master's programme in Space and Geodesy.

Application deadlines

1 December - for start in the fall semester
1 June - for start in the spring semester*

*Students who started at DTU on 1 September may send the application form by 10 September 

How to apply

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Hand in the application form + supporting documents to DTU International Affairs Office
  3. DTU International Affairs Office will register and forward the applications to the Programme coordinator
  4. The Programme coordinator will consult their counterparts and select the most eligible students
  5. The Programme coordinator will inform DTU International Affairs Office about their decision
  6. DTU International Affairs Office will inform the students and issue Nomination Letters

Eligibility

  • Motivated and dedicated students
  • Above average GPA
  • Strong English Language skills. 

Pre-approval of courses

Courses taken abroad must be approved by the DTU professor responsible for the individual 1:1 programme.

Periods abroad

For DTU students, a standard period of two consecutive semesters is taken at the host institution in the third and fourth semester.

The standard period of study is four semesters corresponding to 120 ECTS credits, consisting of three semesters of course work, and a Master's Thesis that is usually written during the fourth semester.

Study plan

As part of their application for the 1:1 MSc programme, students are asked to prepare a study plan which must be approved by both programme coordinators. The programme coordinators from each institution must approve the study plan for each student involved in the programme. 

The study plan follows the guidelines in each of the 6 tracks shown below:

Track 1: Satellite Geodesy - Gravimetry

1stsemester, Autumn at DTU - ESPE 2ndsemester, Spring at DTU - ESPE

Oneof the following courses:

And oneof the following courses

3rdsemester, Autumn at TUM -Geodesy and Geoinformation 4thsemester, Spring at TUM -Geodesy and Geoinformation
  • BGU45031 Gravity Field (6 ECTS)
  • BGU57016 Earth System (6 ECTS)
  • BGU45029 Seminar Earth System (6 ECTS)

Electives, 12 ECTS, e.g.,

  • BGU45025 Selected Topics of Physical Geodesy (3 ECTS)
  • BGU57010 Observing and Modeling Global Dynamic Processes (2 ECTS)
  • BV450005 Satellite Altimetry and Physical Oceanography (3 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Track 2: Satellite Geodesy - Navigation

1stsemester, Autumn at DTU - ESPE 2ndsemester, Spring at DTU - ESPE

Oneof the following courses:

And oneof the following courses

3rdsemester, Autumn at TUM -ESPACE 4thsemester, Spring at TUM -ESPACE
  • BGU61034 Precise GNSS (5 ECTS)
  • BGU61032 Navigation Labs (5 ECTS)

Electives, 15 ECTS, e.g.,

  • BGU57019 Geokinematics and Continental Hydrology (5 ECTS)
  • BGU45038 Atmosphere and Ocean (5 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis(30 ECTS)

Track 3: Rocketry and Aerospace

1stsemester, Autumn at DTU - ESPE 2ndsemester, Spring at DTU - ESPE

Oneof the following courses:

And oneof the following courses

3rdsemester, Autumn at TUM -ESPACE 4thsemester, Spring at TUM -ESPACE

Electives, 14 ects, e.g.

  • MW0047 Aircraft Design(5 ECTS)
  • MW0832 Flight System Dynamics 1 (5 ECTS)
  • MW1397 Rotorcraft Engineering - Preliminary Design (5 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Track 4: Physical and Satellite Geodesy

1stsemester, Autumn at TUM -Geodesy and Geoinformation 2ndsemester, Spring at TUM -Geodesy and Geoinformation: Specialization Physical and Satellite Geodesy

Regular study programme (30 ECTS)

Regular study programme (30 ECTS)

3rdsemester, Autumn at DTU - ESPE 4thsemester, Spring at DTU - ESPE

Required:

Required electives:
At least 15 ECTS from this list of electives:

Electives:
Up to 5 ECTS from the modules generally offers of DTU.

  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Electives(can be taken in parallel to the Master's Thesis):


Track 5: Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

1stsemester, Autumn at TUM -Geodesy and Geoinformation 2ndsemester, Spring at TUM -Geodesy and Geoinformation: Specialization Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Cartography

Regular study programme (30 ECTS)

Regular study programme (30 ECTS)

3rdsemester, Autumn at DTU - ESPE 4thsemester, Spring at DTU - ESPE

Required:

Required electives:
At least 15 ECTS from this list of electives:

Electives:
Up to 5 ECTS from the modules generally offers of DTU.

  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Track 6: Space Science and Technology

1stsemester, Autumn at TUM -ESPACE 2ndsemester, Spring at TUM -ESPACE

Regular study programme (30 ECTS)

Regular study programme (30 ECTS)

3rdsemester, Autumn at DTU - ESPE 4thsemester, Spring at DTU - ESPE

Required:

Required electives:
At least 10 ECTS from this list of electives:

Electives:
Up to 5 ECTS from the modules generally offers of DTU.

  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)


Electives
(can be taken in parallel to the Master's Thesis):

The student must pass 30 ECTS General Competencies plus 30 ECTS Technology Specialization, of which the majority should be taken during the first year. Still, some courses can be transferred to the second year at TUM. All 30 ECTS General Competencies must be passed at DTU.

In the third semester, the students attend courses corresponding to at least 30 ECTS and establish the research project to pursue their Master's thesis. It is required that the selected courses are courses at Master or PhD level. Courses are chosen (upon availability/due to changes) from the list of courses given at Annex 1 under "Courses". In case it is advantageous for a student to select a course, which is not included in the list of courses, e.g. to support the specific master thesis project, the course must be approved by both the responsible program coordinators at DTU and TUM, and any such course will count as an elective course.

The Master's Thesis (30 ECTS) will be undertaken at TUM in the fourth semester and co-supervised by an academic staff/professor from DTU.

Master's thesis

The master thesis is usually written during the fourth semester of the programme. The thesis will be conducted with co-supervision from both institutions. The thesis supervisor at the institution where the master thesis work is conducted will act as the main supervisor and thus be primarily responsible for the student. Local thesis rules will apply.

For DTU students, the thesis must be presented at an oral defence according to the rules and regulations of the university where the master thesis has been conducted, and with the participation of both supervisors via Skype or similar video conference facility.

For DTU students, the master thesis is graded using the 7-point grading scale, with the grade appearing on the Master degree diploma. According to the Danish rules and regulations on examination, the grade will be determined by the DTU thesis supervisor, the co-supervisor, and an external examiner.

The thesis must be written in English and handed-in in accordance with the rules of the respective home university.

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Contact

Jérôme Chenevez

Jérôme Chenevez Associate Professor National Space Institute Phone: +45 45259703