EuMAS – European Masters Course in Aeronautics and Space Technology

The first-cycle EuMAS students attending one of the courses

EuMAS is a two-year EU sponsored course under the umbrella of the EC/DG Culture Erasmus Mundus Programme for students from Europe and abroad.

World-class education in the aerospace engineering field is provided by a consortium of 5 top European technical universities.

Within the programme there are two study options: aeronautical engineering or space technology. Both options provide a thorough introduction and a good basis for a professional career in the aeronautics and space industry.

Each year around 25-40 student join the EuMAS programme.

Who organises EuMAS?

EuMAS students at the University of Pisa
EuMAS students attending the first ESA seminar at the University of Pisa

The course is run by a consortium of universities consisting of:

  • Università di Pisa, Italy (lead university)
  • Cranfield University, UK
  • Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Institut Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-Supaero) of Toulouse, France

The course schedule

Each EuMAS cycle is hosted in turn by two of the participating universities.

Students will spend their first year at one university, and then move on to another of the hosting universities in their second year.

Hands-on experience during the courses
Hands-on experience during the courses

For example, the second cycle of EuMAS started in October 2006 in Munich and continued in Madrid; the third cycle has just started at Università di Pisa, and the students will move to Madrid for the second year starting in October 2008.

The fourth cycle will be hosted by Cranfield University and ISAE-Supaero in Toulouse.

The two study options contain five complete courses (10 to 12 ECTS credits each) in the following disciplines per academic year:

  • Aeronautics: Fluid dynamics and aerodynamics, mechanics of solids and aeronautical structures, air-breathing propulsion, aircraft flight dynamics and control, aircraft systems

  • Space Technology: Fluid dynamics and thermal fluid sciences, space propulsion systems, spacecraft system engineering, spacecraft flight dynamics and control, spacecraft and mission design

The courses and lectures are all given in English by university academic staff as well as researchers, experts and managers from the European aerospace sector.

Usually the graduation project is carried out at another location than the hosting universities (for example a third university, a research centre or industry).

The EuMAS programme leads to two officially recognised MSc degrees in aerospace engineering issued by both hosting universities. The MSc degrees are fully recognised in Europe and in most countries worldwide.

ESA contribution to EuMAS

EuMAS students at the Columbus Control Center, Munich
EuMAS students at the Columbus Control Center, Munich, for a live talk with ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter on board the ISS

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Directorate of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration supports the EuMAS course with the following contributions:

  • ESA grants – Grants for 2 European students per year. The selected students should be nationals from one of the ESA Member States* and they should not be eligible to receive financial support from the EU within the Erasmus Mundus Programme.

  • ESA work placements – Work placements for 2 European students at ESA’s research and technology centre ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in support of the preparation of their final thesis. The selected European students should be nationals from one of the ESA Member States.

  • ESA lectures – ESA organises an annual seminar of lectures presented by ESA staff on topics related to human spaceflight and exploration.

* The ESA Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Who can participate?

Students who have completed at least three years of undergraduate education in an engineering discipline or in an applied science field with good study results can apply for EuMAS. Extensive undergraduate preparation in physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, mechanics, engineering and mathematics is required.

A good command of English (both spoken and written) is mandatory. Satisfactory completion of the TOEFL or IELTS or equivalent certification is required for students from non-English-speaking countries.

How to apply?

If you want to apply for EuMAS, please visit the EuMAS website:

More information


Contact persons:

Sara Andrenucci
EuMAS Secretariat
secretariat @

Advisor to Academic Network:
Olga Zhdanovich
Human Exploration Coordination Office
Email: Olga.Zhdanovich @

Last update: 2 February 2009

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