Master of Science in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering


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Program Description

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The MSc program in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering will provide you with competencies within research and development of satellite, space-, aircraft-, and ground-based measuring methods as well as mathematical and physical models for monitoring, mapping, and exploring large-scale physical structures and processes on Earth and in the universe.

Technologies for monitoring and mapping Earth and exploring the universe play a prominent role in our everyday lives. Without these technologies, we would not have GPS navigation in cars, reliable weather forecasts, global climate, and environmental monitoring, or global telecommunication.

We are in great need of new and innovative methods and services for monitoring Earth's climate change and measuring the effects of the actions we take. The number of new applications and services for navigation and mapping will explode in the coming years—e.g. with the availability of more accurate data from navigation satellites, images from Earth observation satellites, improved telecommunications, and increasingly sophisticated smartphones. Furthermore, the search for new energy and mineral resources—and more efficient use of existing resources—is also a task of world-wide importance.

As an Earth and Space Physics and Engineering graduate, you can make a substantial contribution to finding new, sustainable, and advanced technological solutions that contribute to solving the challenges society is facing.

Study program focus

The Earth and Space Physics and Engineering program focuses on developing, designing, and applying innovative and advanced technological solutions for monitoring, mapping, modeling, and predicting large-scale physical structures and processes—i.e. on Earth, the solar system, and the universe.

NB! Please note that the program is NOT concerned with aerospace engineering.

On the program, you will learn to combine scientific knowledge with interdisciplinary technological competencies with a view to developing sustainable, advanced solutions—such as instrumentation, modeling, and data processing methods for use in, e.g., climate and environmental monitoring, the search for new resources, space exploration, or mapping and navigation on Earth.

Combine work with studies

This study program is also available as an Industry study program where you can combine work and study over a 4-year period. Special rules apply. 


The MSc program in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering allows you to specialize in one of the four study lines:

  • Earth Physics and Exploration
  • Earth Observation
  • Mapping and Navigation
  • Space Research 

All four study lines share a common interdisciplinary basis, comprising Earth and space physics, mathematics, and electronics. You should be aware, however, that the choice of courses in the students’ individual study plan offers a high degree of flexibility. Therefore, you have every opportunity to design your own study program and career by choosing from the wide range of courses offered at DTU.


With an MSc in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering, you have a wide range of job opportunities with Danish and international high-tech companies, international space agencies, and national authorities. Furthermore, you might get the opportunity to continue your studies and do a Ph.D., for instance at DTU.

Typical fields of work

Earth and Space Physics and Engineering graduates typically work with the design and development of satellite systems and instruments as well as the design, development, and application of systems for receiving, processing, analyzing, simulating, and modeling data.

Career opportunities

An MSc degree in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering will provide you with a sound basis for innovative work aimed at addressing many of the societal challenges requiring new and advanced technological solutions.

The degree offers a wide range of career opportunities with:

  • Danish and international high-tech companies, such as Terma, Rovsing, Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, Arianespace, and CASA;
  • International organizations, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the U.S. space agency NASA, and the EU national authorities.

Graduates from the Earth and Space Physics and Engineering program are also highly attractive to the geo and consultancy industry for carrying out surveying and mapping tasks, including exploration of raw materials, environmental monitoring, and risk assessment.

Potential employers in this area include:

Surveying and mapping companies, such as COWI, GRAS, and Blominfo;

  • GIS companies, such as Atkins, InformiGIS, and Niras;
  • Firms of engineering consultants in the oil exploration field, e.g. Maersk Oil, Rambøll, DONG Energy, and Statoil, and in the environmental field, e.g. COWI, Rambøll, and DHI;
  • Major surveying companies;
  • Public authorities, e.g. the Danish Mapping Agency, the Danish MeteorologicalInstitute, GEUS, the Danish Maritime Safety Administration, the Danish Road Directorate, as well as regional and local authorities.

Pursue a PhD

Once you have an MSc in Engineering, you might get the opportunity to continue your studies and apply for admission to the three-year Ph.D., which at DTU is a research-based program ranking among the best in the world. You can do either a regular Ph.D. or an industrial Ph.D.—the latter with concurrent employment in a company.

As a Ph.D. student, you will be part of a research group and will carry out an independent scientific project.


General admission requirements

Only applicants holding either a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering program. The bachelor's degree must be less than 10 years old.

The individual MSc Eng program states in detail which bachelor programs qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programs.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor program or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng program. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng program do not form part of the MSc Eng program, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the program is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programs are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL-, CAE or Pearson test). From Spring 2020 the minimum grade of English B-level is 3.0 (on the Danish grading scale). 

DTU offers Honours Programme as part of all MSc  Eng. programs. 


Study program

The MSc is a two-year graduate program with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

Structure of the MSc program

  • General competences: 30 ECTS credits
  • Thesis: 30 ECTS credits
  • Technological specialization: 30 ECTS credits
  • Electives: 30 ECTS credits

The MSc program provides you with a profound understanding and knowledge about your chosen subject. You also learn about teamwork and collaboration, preparing you for the form of work you are likely to meet in your subsequent career.

Four optional study lines

The MSc in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering has four optional study lines. These are fixed programs of study that have extra high requirements for the choice of courses and projects compared to the general MSc program.

The four study lines are:

  • Earth Physics and Exploration
  • Earth Observation
  • Mapping and Navigation
  • Space Research

Student life

Educational Facilities

DTU's teaching and research facilities are world-class. DTU has a wide range of different research facilities - ranging from state-of-the-art laboratories to large experimental halls - where you can try building full-scale structures.

As a student in the Earth and Space Physics and Engineering (ESPE) program you will work with hands-on teaching. This means that you get to test the theories you have been taught. Here you have the opportunity to experiment, analyze, develop, simulate and build within the university's newest laboratories and experimental facilities.

A large part of the teaching of Earth and Space Physics and Engineering takes place in the purpose-built classrooms and laboratories of DTU Space, the Danish National Space Institute.

Teaching Methods

Lectures will provide you with a general overview of the course while the group instructions are based on general discussions as well as close collaboration between the professor/lecturer and the students. Compared to most other countries, the relationship between professor and student is quite informal.

One of the most characteristic features of the Danish educational system is the emphasis placed on student involvement. Students are expected to be capable of working independently as well as contributing actively to classroom discussions. And active student participation has a high priority at DTU.

An international environment

About 1/3 of all MSc students—as well as a large percentage of lecturers/professor—at DTU, are foreigners which contribute to the versatile and international learning environment. 


Most courses at MSc level are taught in English, and almost all Danes speak English, so you can get by without Danish—inside and outside of the classroom.

Friday cafés

DTU has several Friday Caféswhere you can let your hair down and get to know your fellow students. 

Clubs, associations and sports

DTU has a wide range of clubs, associations, and sports facilities for students and staff alike. 

Last updated Oct 2020

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