Start date, language and duration

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: One academic year (9 months)
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Language of instruction: English

Timetable and delivery

  • Full time
  • Mornings (Core modules)
  • Afternoons (elective modules)
  • Delivery: Face to face

Fees and funding

Official Degree

  • Quality certification in progress.

Why this Master's?

The development of faster and more efficient aircrafts and spacecrafts, the optimization of the air transport and airports management for adapting to the rapid growth of the sector, or the innovation in the materials or the propulsive systems are just a few of the possibilities which an Aerospace Engineer could have a career in.

The Aerospace Industry evolves significantly day by day and this growth requires vast teams of engineers with a huge creative capacity, working hard to find optimal solutions to great challenges. Most of our Master's students find a job even before finishing their studies.

The Master's Degree in Space and Aeronautical Engineering aims to fulfill part of this demand, forming competent young professionals prepared to start a successful career in different fields of Aerospace. The University offers seminars, workshops, visits and individual and group research projECTS to reinforce the theoretical learning.

  • CFD Seminars
  • Visits to IBERIA Hangar
  • Aerospace Laboratories
  • Flight simulator course (among others)


Course Structure

The course is divided into two semesters (Sept. to January, and Feb. to June), organized as follows:

  5 ECTS 25 ECTS
1st Period 205001 Computational Engineering Elective Courses
  10 ECTS 6 ECTS 14 ECTS
2nd Period Research and Aerospace Project Management Elective Courses* Master's Thesis

*This is the recommended structure for elective courses. However, the student can decide to change the distribution of this elective courses along the academic year as long as the total amount of credits is equal to 31 ECTS or higher.

Core Courses (compulsory)

1st Period – Computational Engineering

Practical advanced, experimental and computational Aerodynamics. Advanced Fluid Mechanics, focusing on computational Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence. Application of Aeroelasticity and Aircraft Structural Dynamics.

2nd Period – Research and Aerospace Project Management

This course has a common Group of Research Seminar (2.5 ECTS).

Besides, the students can develop either an Individual Research Project (7.5 ECTS) that will be linked to their Master's Thesis OR a Group Research Project (7.5 ECTS), aimed at developing a real European Union Horizon 2020 Project in the Space Sector.

*Elective Courses

Depending on the chosen elective courses, the student can follow one of the four following tracks:

  • plane Air Transport and Airport Management
  • turbofan Propulsion and Thermal Systems Engineering
  • rocket Aerospace Vehicles Engineering
  • satellite Spacecrafts and Space Systems Engineering
  • (-) Neutral subjects

1st Period (September to January)

*Elective Courses

plane Airport Operations 5 ECTS
plane Business Management Airport 5 ECTS
plane Airport Building Systems 5 ECTS
plane Airport Infrastructure Management 5 ECTS
plane Air Transport 5 ECTS
satellite Space Propulsion 5 ECTS
satellite Hypersonic Aerodynamics 5 ECTS
satellite Composite Materials 5 ECTS
satellite Astrodynamics 5 ECTS
satellite Spacecraft Design 5 ECTS
satellite Turbulence: Phenomenology, Simulation, Aerodynamics 5 ECTS
turbofan Extension of Rocket Engines 5 ECTS
turbofan Internal Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity of Turbomachines 5 ECTS
turbofan Extension of Jet Engines 5 ECTS
turbofan Advanced Propulsion 5 ECTS
turbofan Composite Materials 5 ECTS
turbofan Advanced Course Heat and Mass Transfer 5 ECTS
turbofan Numerical Methods in Heat and Mass Transfer 5 ECTS
rocket Aerospace Laboratories 5 ECTS
rocket Advanced Aeroelasticity 5 ECTS
rocket Advanced Aerodynamics 5 ECTS
rocket Architecture and Aircraft Systems 5 ECTS
rocket Composite Materials 5 ECTS
rocket Space Structures Design and Behavior 3 ECTS
- Project Management Key Agreements and Deals 3 ECTS

2nd Period (February to June)

*Elective Courses

- Acoustics 3 ECTS
- Game Theory 3 ECTS
- Structures of New Generation Materials 3 ECTS
- Science and Technology Communication through Media 3 ECTS
- Infrared Termography for building diagnostics 3 ECTS
- Aplication of GIS systems to built environment 3 ECTS
- Introduction to metaheuristics for optimization problems 3 ECTS
- Implementation and testing of metaheuristics for optimization problems 3 ECTS
- Project Management Key Agreements and Deals 3 ECTS
turbofan Extension of Space Propulsions 3 ECTS
turbofan Thermal Turbomachine and Combustion 3 ECTS
plane Geotechnical Engineering 3 ECTS
plane Advanced Design of the Movement Area 3 ECTS
plane Management and Operation of Terminal Buildings 3 ECTS

The student can choose any other combination of elective courses (as long as the total amount of credits is equal or higher than 31 ECTS) and they will equally be able to obtain the Master's certification.


Individual Research

The Individual Research is meant for the students who prefer to develop a larger Master's Thesis (21.5 ECTS). During the Individual Research, they will be able to start to engage in the subject, allowing them to set an important basis before starting their Master's Thesis and hence giving them the chance to develop more complex ideas or adapt better to external companies internship demands.

Group Research

The Group Research aims to envolve the student into a participative environment that every engineer will have to be familiarized with in the workplace. Under the supervision of a National Contact Point, the students will work together in order to develop a Project Management Plan and a Horizon H2020 proposal in the field of Aerospace.

Master's Thesis

The Master's Thesis can be developed in the University research groups:

  • plane CIEFMA Centre d'Integritat Estructural i Fiabilitat dels Materials (Center of Structural Integrity and Material Fiability)
  • plane CTTC Centre de Transferència de la Calor (Heat Tranfer Center)
  • plane LAIRE Laboratori Aeronàutic i Industrial de Recerca i Estudis (Aeronautic and Industrial Research and Studies Laboratory)
  • plane LEAM Laboratori d'Enginyeria Acústica i Mecànica (Acustic and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory)
  • plane LITEM Laboratori per a la Innovació Tecnològica d'Estructures i Materials (Laboratory for the Technological Innovation of Structures and Materials)
  • plane MCIA Grup d'Accionaments Electrònics i Aplicacions Industrials (Electronic Actuators and Industrial Applications Group)
  • plane POLYCOM Tecnologia de Polímers i Compostos (Polymers and Composites Technology)
  • plane SAC Sistemes Avançats de Control (Advanced Control Systems)
  • plane TERFIQ (ermodinàmica i Fisicoquímica (Thermodynamics and Phisical Chemistry)
  • plane TIEG Terrassa Industrial Electronics Group

Future Career

The Aerospace Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia – BarcelonaTECH are extremely well considered by employers. The University holds Forums for establishing strong bonds between students and companies, which usually lead to internships and posterior careers. Often, the Master's students manage to combine their studies with internship agreements supervised by the University. Some examples of destinations of our graduates are

  • plane Airbus
  • plane GMV
  • plane ALG
  • plane Hemav
  • plane CATUAV
Jorge Llop

Jorge Llop

Ex-student from ESEIAAT now works at NASA in exoplanet research


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