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Physics and Technology for Space Applications (M.Sc.)

Taught in German | Cooperative Study Programme with THM


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The aim of the four-semester Master's programme in Physics and Technology for Space Applications (PTRA) is to offer a modern, research-oriented study programme in the field of spaceflight that addresses current as well as fundamental and application-oriented issues in order to meet the needs of research institutes, space agencies and the space industry in particular for well-trained young people in the STEM field. Today, space technology is characterised by high interdisciplinarity and ever faster development cycles. Our study programme - positioned between electrical engineering and physics - takes this into account and also offers scope for further development in the elective area. The compulsory modules are specifically designed for this degree programme and, with the modules "Fundamentals of Astronautics" and "Space Systems" in the first two semesters, offer a solid theoretical foundation for this exciting field of work. The module group "Analysis of Space Systems", "Design of Space Systems" and "Implementation of Space Systems - CubeSat", which build on each other, is practice-oriented and is intended to gradually introduce students to the planned work in large projects and contribute to the development of a real Cube-Sat mission. In-depth and specialisation modules can be individually designed and introduce students to the topic of their Master's thesis in order to guarantee a final thesis at the frontline of research.

The close cooperation between JLU and THM with DLR as a research partner and Ariane Group as a cooperation partner, as well as the many ongoing research projects with academic and industrial partners in Germany and abroad, will open the doors wide for students to enter professional life. After successful completion of the Master's programme, the future prospects are golden and the job lights are green, because the demand for interdisciplinary trained STEM graduates is huge across all high-tech fields.



Standard period of study

4 semesters - 120 credits Points

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

Standard period of study

4 semesters - 120 credits Points


Composition of the Study Programme


Study plan

1. Semester2. Semester3. Semester4. Semetser

Compulsory module I:
Fundamentals of Space Flight (6 CP)

Compulsory module III:
Space Systems (6 CP)

Compulsory module V:
Implementation of Space Systems - Cube-Sat (10 CP)

Master Thesis (30 CP)

Compulsory module II:
Space Systems Analysis (6 CP)

Compulsory module IV:
Space Systems Design (6 P)

Advanced module (10 CP)
Elective (18 CP) Elective (18 CP)

Specialisation module (10 CP)

Total: 30 CP Total: 30 CP Total: 30 CP Total: 30 CP


Elective section

The elective area comprises modules with a total of 36 CP from two lists, which can be selected if the modules have not already been taken in the Bachelor's degree programme.


  • MRF-J-02 Solid State Physics (9 CP)
  • MRF-J-03 Fundamentals of Plasma Physics (6 CP)
  • MRF-T-01 Advanced Control Engineering (6 CP)
  • MRF-T-02 Advanced Computer Science (6 CP)
  • MRF-J-05 Semiconductor Physics (6 CP)
  • MRF-J-06 Theoretical Plasma Physics (6 CP)
  • MRF-J-07 Advanced Experimental Atomic and Plasma Physics (6 CP)
  • MRF-J-08 Spectroscopy (6 CP)
  • MRF-J-09 Applications of Nuclear and Particle Physics in Space (6 CP)
  • MRF-T-03 Image Processing (6 CP)
  • MRF-T-04 Circuit Simulation in Power Electronics (5 CP)
  • MRF-T-05 Automation Seminar (5 CP)
  • MRF-T-06 3D Field Simulation of Electronic Assemblies (5 CP)
  • MRF-T-07 Intelligent Sensor Systems (5 CP)
  • MRF-T-08 Advanced Methods in Analogue Technology (5 CP)

The difference to the total CP number of 36 CP for the elective area can be obtained by taking freely selectable modules from the range offered by the JLU and THM.



Courses offered in the course catalogue

Courses offered at JLU can be found in the electronical course catalogue



Start of studies

Winter semester


Admission requirements

The following Bachelor's degree is recognised for admission to the Master's programme:

  • "Physics and Technology for Space Applications" from JLU Giessen.

The examination board may recognise other courses of study as equivalent.



  • The degree programme is not subject to admission restrictions.
  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.
  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Career Options


Professional fields

Physical technologies are in demand in applications: the spectrum ranges from highly efficient solar panels for energy conversion to electric space propulsion and lasers in communication systems. The satellite market is growing due to the ever-increasing need for communication and data exchange.

Industrial companies such as Airbus, OHB and Thales as well as the space agencies ESA and DLR emphasise that there is a lack of qualified young talent, especially in the field of key technology for electric space propulsion. And not only in Europe. The primary goal of the Physics and Technology for Space Applications degree programme is to train experts in this field.


Occupational fields for physicists

In addition to the specialised areas in space and aeronautics, all fields of activity that employ physicists can offer you a perspective. These are above all areas of industry, research institutes, administration, banks, consultancies and the patent system, which place special demands on analytical, systematic and synthetic skills:

  • Chemical industry,
  • energy technology,
  • mechanical engineering,
  • communications engineering,
  • environmental technology,
  • management consulting,
  • information technology, etc.


Additional Information


Doctoral Studies


Information for incoming students

Information and consultation


Information for outgoing students

Information and consultation


Further Information

Further Information

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue


Subject Advisors

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Prof. Dr. Peter J. Klar
Justus Liebig University Giessen
I. Physikalisches Institut
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16
35392 Giessen

Phone: +49 (0)641 99-33190

THM University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Probst
THM University of Applied Sciences
Fachbereich Elektro- und Informationstechnik

Phone: +49 (0)641 309-1935

Central Study Advisor