Master of Space Operations (8624)
The Master of Space Operations is designed for postgraduate scholars and professional managers who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the managerial and technical skills and expertise relevant to planning, operation and acquisition of space systems. It aims to allow students to develop a high level of understanding of the issues associated with the planning, operation and acquisition of space systems.
Further details for the program are listed below. If you require any more information about this program, or are currently in a Masters program and would like to enquire if you are eligible to transfer into this program, please contact:
Students undertaking MSpaceOps 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 MSpaceOps 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 approval of the Program Coordinator, students with an average mark of 65% or higher 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 is available to Masters students who obtain a high credit 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 (F/T) or spread across two sessions through enrolment in ZEIT8296 Project Report - Systems Engineering (P/T). 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. Student undertaking the research project (ZEIT8297 or ZEIT8296) are unable to enrol in elective courses from other coursework programs.
*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||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Space Systems Technology||Not Offered||
|Space Systems Engineering||
|Project Management Body of Knowledge||
|Electives||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Global Navigation Satellite Systems||Intensive Mode||Not Offered|
|Cyber Defence: Governance, Management and Acquisition||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Information Assurance Principles||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Critical Infrastucture Security Policy and Governance||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|Satellite Communications||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Spaceborne Imaging Technology||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Test and Evaluation||Intensive Mode||
|Capability Option Analysis||Not Offered||
There are six pathways for entry to the Masters of Space Operations
Pathway 1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in Management.
Pathway 2. Completion of a Graduate Diploma in Management.
Pathway 3. Completion of a 3 or 4-year Bachelor degree, which includes a major in Management, and have completed at least 3-years full-time professional experience in Management*.
Pathway 4. Completion of a Bachelor degree in anydiscipline, and have completed at least 4-years full-time professional experience in Management*.
Pathway 5. Evidence of other academic qualifications and professional experience (your record of service) submitted to the Program Authority is acceptable grounds for admission. For Australian military personnel this equates to the following:
- ADF Officers with 4 years of experience at O3 level (or higher); or
- ADF Senior Non-Commissioned Officers with 4 years of experience at E8 level (or higher. Note: This pathway is only available to those programs with a cognate discipline of Management.)
Pathway 6. No tertiary qualifications but evidence of professional experience submitted to the Program Authority is acceptable grounds for admission into the degree*.
*Pathway 3,4,5 and 6 - Evidence for professional experience:
The evidence required for validation of professional experince will include a statement of service from the employer verifying the position, role and responsibilities, and duration of employment.
Program Credit (Advanced Standing)
If you have previously completed postgraduate courses at UNSW or another recognised University, as part of either a completed or partially completed postgraduate award, you can apply for credit (advanced standing) towards your next postgraduate qualification.
The maximum amount of credit allowable is 50% of the requirements of the program—that is, no more than 24 UOC can be credited.
Credit can be either ‘specified’, meaning it can be used against a nominated core or elective course, or ‘unspecified’ where it can be used against electives only.
A course cannot be used for credit if it is greater than 10 years old.
A course cannot be used for credit if it was not completed at a recognised University, at the postgraduate level.
Recognition for Prior Learning - Professional Development
UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses to use those courses as partial credit for one course in the program, which has two main components:
• Prior successful completion of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses.
• A 3500 word essay exploring issues related the professional practice of a relevant discipline
To obtain credit for Professional Education courses, students apply to the Program Coordinator for permission (through an enrolment variation application) to enrol in the course. The application must include proof of successful completion of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses. On enrolment into the course, students engage with the Program Coordinator to choose an appropriate topic for the 3,500-word essay which will be submitted in the last week of the relevant session. A mark of satisfactory/unsatisfactory will be recorded for the course.
What is an approved Professional Education course?
An approved Professional Education course is one that:
• contains at least one day (at least six hours) of course work;
• is delivered by a presenter, or presenters, that would be eligible for appointment at an Australian university;
• is assessed by at least one hour of examination for every three days of course work; and
• is able to be verified by inspection of course and assessment materials.
Which UNSW Canberra Professional Education courses are approved?
To obtain credit for the short course, a student must complete the associated examination and receive a “Successfully Completed” certificate. Our Professional Education Accreditation page lists those approved courses.
Are approved Professional Educaiton courses offered by any other service provider?
A Professional Education/short course offered by a provider other than UNSW Canberra may be considered for inclusion in the list of approved Professional Education courses providing it meets the criteria listed above. If the course in question is not already listed on the list of approved Professional Education courses application may be made to the Program Coordinator. An application for approval must contain at least the following:
• evidence of the number of hours of course work;
• evidence that the presenter(s) would be eligible for appointment at an Australian university (a brief CV of each presenter is required, providing qualifications, background, and experience);
• evidence of the assessment for the course (must be at least one hour of examination for three days of course work), including copies of previous tests and marking criteria; and
• a copy of the course materials (course notes, and text).