From GPS and banking to environmental and emergency management, space systems play an ever-increasing role in our daily lives. UNSW Canberra is home to the largest space capability in the country and our Master of Space Operations will provide you with a high level of understanding of the issues associated with the planning, operation and acquisition of space systems.  

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


1 year full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode



The course is designed for postgraduate students who wish to gain a detailed understanding of the technical, strategic and economic drivers required to conceive, design, and operate spacecraft within the rapidly changing global space sector.  

World-class teaching facilities

UNSW Canberra has a range of on-site capabilities to enable end-to-end space missions including Australia’s first space mission concurrent engineering design facility. Space facilities also include the Falcon Telescope, a cleanroom, a thermal vacuum chamber laboratory, and satellite ground stations.  

Explore our space facilities.  

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For more information on this degree, see the UNSW Handbook.

What our students say

“Space is a fascinating environment for most academic disciplines and UNSW Canberra has a reputation for word-class engineering research and education. The University is doing pioneering work in Australia to design, build and fly space missions”. 

 Ben Piggott, Master of Space Operations student

  • Students undertaking the Master of Space Operations are required to complete 48 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing eight 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below). 

    In the Master of Space Operations program, students must complete four core courses and four elective courses. Not all elective courses will be available in a particular year. 

    The courses in the program may be taken in any order but it is recommended that the four core courses are completed first, followed by the four elective courses. 

    With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students who obtain a distinction average or better in four courses may complete a 12-UOC research project in lieu of two elective courses. The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification. 

    With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may take up to two elective courses (12 UOC) from other coursework programs. 

  • The option of undertaking a research project worth 12 UOC within the School of SEIT or HASS is available to Masters students who obtain a distinction average or better in four courses and is subject to approval by the Program Coordinator. 

    The research project can be completed within one session through enrolment in ZEIT8297 Project Report - Systems Engineering (Full Time) or ZHSS8401 Research Project International and Political Studies (Full Year). The research project can be spread across two sessions through enrolment in ZEIT8296 Project Report - Systems Engineering (Part Time) or ZHSS8400 Research Project: IPS (Single Session). Completion of either course results in the achievement of 12 UOC. 

    The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher research degree qualification. 

  • *Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the year they were admitted into the program.

    Core courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8007 Space Operations  Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8011 Space Systems Technology Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8012 Space Systems Engineering Management Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8504 Space Cooperation, Conflict and Competition Not Offered Distance Mode



    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8009 Global Navigation Satellite Systems Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8018 Cyber Resilience: Management, Governance and Acquisition Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8032 Information Assurance Principles Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8219 Satellite Communications  Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8221 Spaceborne Imaging Technology Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8230 Requirements Practice

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode

    ZEIT8231 Test and Evaluation 

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8303 Project Management Body of Knowledge

    Distance Mode

    Distance Mode

    ZEIT8403 Capability Option Analysis Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZHSS8403 Global Security Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8410 Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8435 Contemporary Strategy 
    Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8463 International Law in Global Politics Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8467 Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare 
    Not Offered Not Offered
    ZPEM8208 Human Factors and the Technological Interface Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZPEM8310 Understanding Social-Technical Systems: Ideas, Spaces and Cultures Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8601 Applied Machine Learning Not Offered Distance Mode

    Research Project

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8298 Project Report – Engineering Science Part-Time
    Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8299 Project Report – Engineering Science FT Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8401 Research Thesis A Distance Mode Distance Mode
  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the UNSW Handbook

  • If you have successfully completed approved professional development courses, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning towards future study. 

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Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr George Bowden

Student Enquiries
T: +61 2 5114 5000