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    I have a place in October for MSc Space Systems Engineering but hesitant to take it since it costs a small fortune and may not be worth it in the long run for this industry sector. If you are due to be on this course or have done this course then I assume you have the same interests as me, so can you please give share your thoughts on it?

    I understand Cranfield University to be the better degree course (as viewed by the industry) but curious what people think about this too.
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    I get the impression if you're interested in research (e.g. PhD/EngD and onwards) then Southampton is preferable, otherwise it doesn't make a huge difference for industry as long as you have AN MSc from somewhere in the relevant area.
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    I am doing this MSc now. There isn't a lot of information from anyone on this forum regarding this so if anyone wants information in the future let me know.
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    (Original post by Davidswift9)
    I am doing this MSc now. There isn't a lot of information from anyone on this forum regarding this so if anyone wants information in the future let me know.
    Hey Davidswift9, I just received an offer for the MSc in Space Systems engineering. Perhaps you could share your experience over the last couple of months. Is the program good for going into industry? Should one consider rather Cranfield? The fees at Southampton are quite expensive, how did you manage to fund yourself?
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    (Original post by KaleWale)
    Hey Davidswift9, I just received an offer for the MSc in Space Systems engineering. Perhaps you could share your experience over the last couple of months. Is the program good for going into industry? Should one consider rather Cranfield? The fees at Southampton are quite expensive, how did you manage to fund yourself?
    Hi KaleWale,

    I thought I should respond as you mentioned Cranfield University here! I am a current student of Cranfield Uni, working on my PhD in Aerospace. I should be able to help you with questions relating to Cranfield. I got into Cranfield a couple of years ago and it has been one of my best life-decisions. Any question, please ask away.

    Best,
    Oke.
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    Hi Oke,
    I have applied to Cranfield, but am still waiting a response, for MSc in Aerospace vehicle design, and MSc astronautics and space engineering.
    Perhaps you could share your thoughts on the two programs?
    Specifically, which program would offer better work opportunities. The astronautics program seems quite broad/general and I would think there are fewer career opportunities when compared to the aerospace program.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by KaleWale)
    Hi Oke,
    I have applied to Cranfield, but am still waiting a response, for MSc in Aerospace vehicle design, and MSc astronautics and space engineering.
    Perhaps you could share your thoughts on the two programs?
    Specifically, which program would offer better work opportunities. The astronautics program seems quite broad/general and I would think there are fewer career opportunities when compared to the aerospace program.

    Thanks
    Hi KaleWale,

    Good luck with your application!
    My thoughts on the two programs- as a PhD student in Aerospace, I might lean towards the Aerospace Vehicle Design program, but again this is my preference. The two programs are excellent, specialist programs; your choice will depend on your passion and perhaps your motivation. It would not depend on career opportunities as, I can tell you that most of our students get an offer/ research position well before their graduation. Of course, this is after you have put in the work in your course.

    Perhaps you may want to look at the market? The Aerospace Vehicle Design has application within the Aerospace Industry and Astronautics, while the Astronautics and Space Engineering finds its primary application within that industry hence, arguably narrower. The aerospace program, has design elements which has application within the motor vehicle industry as well. You might want to consider this too and, as I mentioned, where your passion lies.
 
 
 
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