Master of Science in the field of Space Science

Master of Science in the field of Space Science

**This programme is not open to admission in 2023-24**


Target Students

The Department of Physics is offering an exciting Taught Postgraduate Master of Science in the field of Space Science. Modern Space Science is a highly multi-disciplinary field that encompasses a broad range of sub-disciplines, from astrophysics, to aerospace engineering, electronics, remote sensing, and space exploration. China has recently been investing heavily in Space Science, launching 39 satellites in 2018 alone, over twice as many as in 2017 and more than any other country in the world. Given its status as a global metropolis, its strong international links, and its location in the “Greater Bay Area” (GBA), Hong Kong is ideally placed to capitalize on the growth of China in the area of Space Science. Our programme taps into our strengths in high-energy astrophysics, planetary sciences, statistics, and engineering, while leveraging our strong connections with elite Mainland and global partners. Our MSc will provide a solid foundation to enter this exciting field, with promising employment opportunities both in the public and private sectors, in China and worldwide.

I) Application
II) Fees
III) About the Programme
IV) Frequently Asked Questions
V) Enquiries

Poster Leaflet

For details, please visit the Faculty of Science website:

I) Application

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the programme, you should have:
1. A Bachelor's degree with honours of this University, or an equivalent qualification;
2. Applicants should possess a Bachelor's degree in a relevant science (e.g. Physics, Astronomy, Earth Sciences) or an Engineering discipline (e.g. Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical), or a related subject; and
3. Fulfil the University Entrance Requirements.

For 2022-23 intake:

The closing dates for non-local and local applications are 12:00nn (HKT), June 17, 2022 and 12:00nn (HKT), June 30, 2022 respectively. Applications can be submitted via our on-line application system here.

For non-local students, they are advised to apply as early as possible to ensure completing all entry visa requirements prior to the commencement of the programme (It may take up to 3 months to process the entry visa).

II) Fees

Fees for 2022-23 intake:

The composition fee for the full-time programme for 2022-23 intake will be HK$210,000#. The fees shall be payable in two instalments over one year. Additional expenses for field travel and studies are possible.

In addition, students are required to pay Caution Money (HK$350, refundable on graduation subject to no claims being made) and Graduation Fee (HK$350).
# Subject to approval

III) About the Programme

Programme Highlights

  • English as the medium of instruction
  • 1 year (full-time) 
  • Offered by the Department of Physics, with contributions from the Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
  • Highly multi-disciplinary degree, convering broad areas of science, engineering, and statistics, as related to space science and technology
  • Strong focus on Chinese Space Science programme
  • Elite guest lecturers
  • Promising employment opportunities, in public and private sectors

A. Programme Structure
Regulations and Syllabuses*

Our MSc programme is composed of 60 credits of courses. Students must enroll in 6 courses (36 credits) of “core” (compulsory) courses, offered mainly in the first semester. Students may then choose 3 “elective” courses out of a broad range of courses. In addition, students must carry out a “capstone project” by enrolling in the 6-credit course SPSC7031. Students are encouraged to approach faculty members in their areas of interest as soon as possible in order to choose an appropriate project. The curriculum of the MSc in Space Science is the same for both full-time and part-time modes of study.
*The Regulations and Syllabuses 2022-23 is subject to final approval.

Master of Science in the field of Space Science
Compulsory Courses (36 credits)
SPSC7002 Introduction to Space Weather (6 credits)
SPSC7003 Remote Sensing in Space Science (6 credits)
SPSC7004 Radiation Detection and Measurement (6 credits)
SPSC7005 Space Science Entrepreneurship (6 credits)
SPSC7007 Data Analysis in Space Science (6 credits)
SPSC7015 Introduction to Planetary Science (6 credits)
Elective Courses * (18 credits)
SPSC7006 Small Satellite Design (6 credits)
SPSC7011 Introduction to Space Plasma Physics (6 credits)
SPSC7014 Big Data, AI and Machine Learning in Space Science(6 credits)
STAT6016 Spatial Data Analysis (6 credits)
STAT7102 Advanced Statistical Modelling (6 credits)
ELEC6008 Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (6 credits)
ELEC6026 Digital Signal Processing (6 credits)
ELEC6065 Data Compression (6 credits)
ELEC6100 Digital Communications (6 credits)
PHYS8150 Computational Physics and its Contemporary Applications (6 credits)
PHYS8654 General Relativity (6 credits)
Capstone Project (6 credits)
SPSC7031  Space Science Final Project (6 credits)

* Timetabling of courses may limit availability of some electives. The actual offering of such electives will be based on student demand.

IV) Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

V) Enquiries

Dr Jason Chun Shing Pun (Programme Director)
Department of Physics
Tel: (852) 2859 2361
Fax: (852) 2559 9152