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Space Sciences, Technologies and Measurements, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #116 (BCR) Padua, Italy
The main purpose of the Space Sciences, Technologies and Measurements course at University of Padova is the formation of PhD's able to perform research in fields related to science, technology and measurements for space, with a broad view of their problems. 
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The PhD students usually operate within national or supranational projects, often in collaboration with leading international research groups. They actively participate in technological or theoretical or experimental activities in the framework of research topics of interest in the Course, so acquiring extensive and interdisciplinary knowledge.

The educational process of the Space Sciences, Technologies and Measurements course at University of Padova enables students to acquire specific skills that can best be used either in the perspective of an academic career, or for a position in research institutes or industrial sectors. 

This interdisciplinary approach is at the basis of the formation of Space Sciences, Technologies and Measurements PhD's capable of managing scientific research and / or industrial programs at a leadership level. 

The PhD Course, which derives from merging two previous PhD courses ("Space Sciences and Technologies" and "Mechanical Measurements for Engineering" has two different Curricula: " Mechanical Measurements for Engineering and Space" (MMIS) and "Sciences and Technologies for Aeronautics and Satellite Applications" (STASA). 

Career opportunities

The occupational opportunities of STMS PhD's is below distinguished between the two Curricula. The available information shows that these PhD's obtain job positions in a relative short term; some PhD's were hired by the European aerospace industries through "head hunters" who sought particularly versatile profiles of high technology training. 

MMIS PhD's are mainly involved in the design, construction and qualification of instruments for the measurement and analysis of mechanical and thermal properties, finding a wide employability in the context of research institutes. In the context of applied research, the skills of the PhD in MMIS are required in industries of mechanical instrumentation, thermal and opto-mechanics, and information services company, with particular regard to the aerospace industry. 

The typical types of job positions for STASA PhD's can be summarized as follows: positions at universities, aerospace industries, space agencies (national or foreign) and associated laboratories, INAF Astronomical Observatories, companies where skills are required of optics and software systems, foreign laboratories, startup of (or participation in) small advanced technologies business company.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • System Engineering and Mission Analysis
  • Structural and thermal analysis of Space Systems
  • Advanced Robotics; Mechanisms and Tethers in Space
  • Dynamics of Space Flights and Attitude Control
  • Space Navigation
  • Photon Detectors from soft-X rays to near infrared
  • Optics and Scientific Instruments for Space
  • Physics of Planets, Moons, Comets, Asteroids
  • Mission analysis for Universe and Earth Observations
  • Interaction between Spacecraft and Space Environment
  • Neurosciences and comparative psychology for space applications

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • To be admitted to a PhD Course you must hold a Magister Degree or a Master, or an equivalent foreign qualification. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the STMS PhD Course is not required a particular type of degree: however, as the research areas of the course are typically a scientific / engineering, a master's degree in the fields of engineering or science allows to understand more quickly and effectively topics covered during the lessons and developed in the research. 
  • The selection for access to doctorate courses takes place by public competition

Tuition Fee

  • International

    374 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    374 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 187 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Padova

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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