Ph.D. On Campus

Space Engineering

University of Surrey

48 months
22700 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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As a PhD candidate within the Space Engineering programme of the University of Surrey, you’ll work alongside academics, postdoctorate researchers and fellow postgraduate researchers as they push the boundaries of low-cost small satellites and develop new innovative technologies.


What you will study

Postgraduate researchers are registered for a maximum four-year period of full-time study. After 12 months, you’ll write a confirmation report, which is assessed by two independent examiners. You’ll submit a written PhD thesis after a minimum three years of full-time study. A detailed evaluation of progress and future research plans is made every six months to ensure that progress towards completion of the PhD remains satisfactory.

In the Space Engineering programme of the University of Surrey you’ll be allocated two Surrey-based academic supervisors, in addition to any external collaborative supervisors. Your principal supervisor will be an expert in your area of research and will be in charge of monitoring your research progress. The supervisors will help you define the initial objective and scope of your research, and to refine these as the project evolves. They’ll direct you to resources to help you learn the necessary experimental, theoretical or computing skills, and they’ll advise you on the completion of your PhD and the content of your thesis. In many cases, external collaborative supervisors are appointed to contribute specific expertise or facilitate access to resources or organisations.

Your office will be located at the SSC building and you’ll typically share space alongside researchers with related interests. As a PhD student, you’ll be assigned to a research group, which includes a team of academics, postdoctoral researchers, guest scientists and fellows.

Many areas of research at SSC are inter-disciplinary and you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at universities, research establishments and industries around the world. If your PhD project is collaborative, it may involve travel for meetings with collaborators and access to specialised facilities.

SSC monthly seminars are open to all postgraduate researchers. You’ll get an opportunity to attend presentations by each research group and all PGRs are expected to present their individual research on the day of their group’s presentation.

In addition to these internal seminars, there are regular opportunities to attend invited lectures by renowned external speakers, organised by different research centres and departments within our Faculty.

Furthermore, you’ll be able to meet other researchers, academics and other staff at informal PGR forum meetings, and get involved in organising the PGR conference, social or other events.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Astrodynamics
  • Autonomy and robotics
  • Sensors and platform systems
  • On-board data handing
  • Propulsion
  • Remote sensing applications

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are required to have either:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree or a recognised equivalent international qualification, in a relevant discipline
  • A 2:2 degree and a distinction at masters level.
IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22700 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £2,250
  • Overseas: £11,400

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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