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Space Physiology & Health MSc

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The Space Physiology & Health MSc course is a unique study programme that provides training for biomedical scientists and physicians with an interest in the physical and medical impacts and issues associated with space exploration. International experts from academia, contractors and space agencies (e.g. NASA) deliver this specialist research pathway through lectures, seminars, extensive laboratory practicals and visits to the RAF and Space Agency (ESA & DLR) facilities with the aim to serve future manned space expeditions.



Key benefits

  • The course provides experiences with external partners including the Crew Medical Support Office at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.
  • Specialist subjects delivered by professionals from within the Space industry.
  • Highly specialist study pathway that's the first of its kind in Europe.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 12.

Course leaders

Dr David A Green

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

DepartmentDepartment of Physiology



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Course detail


The Space Physiology & Health MSc will provide you with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and operational medicine of humans exposed to or working in the Space environment.

You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits from a research project and dissertation.

This programme will provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • The physiological effects of the space environment upon humans and of the methods employed to mitigate such effects.
  • Experimentation methods appropriate to investigate the physiological effects of the space environment and those employed to mitigate such effects.
  • Instrumentation, calibration, data acquisition and the analysis of results while applying the appropriate statistical methods.
  • The effect of the space environment upon human behaviour and performance.
  • The practical implications of disease and physical deconditioning in space-faring humans and the practices required to counter and manage such events.
  • The characteristics and practices associated with medical and life science research environments in space.

Course purpose

The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with advanced theoretical and practical training in the physiology, psychology and operational medicine of humans exposed to or working in the Space environment. 

Further literature

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.


Lectures/ Tutorials

Practical classes

45 credits

60 hours

24 hours

30 credits

40 hours

24 hours

15 credits

10 hours



The Division (CHAPS) runs approximately 12 hours of seminars per annum to which you will be invited to attend as they are of general interest and will help your broader scientific development.


You are assessed through a combination of:

  • Unseen written examinations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Oral and Poster Presentations
  • Essay
  • Literature Review

The study times and assessment methods detailed above are typical and are designed to provide you with a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.


Year 1


Required Modules

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Normally minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent)  in a related subject such as Physiology, Biomedical/Biological Sciences, Sports & Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, Psychology, Neuroscience, Medicine. Biomedical Engineering graduates, and possibly engineering and physical science graduates will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Relevant experience(s) may also be considered.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability and experience in this area, together with recommendations from academic referees.


Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement and full transcripts for all degrees you have undertaken are required. Please also list A-level subjects and the grades achieved. The transcript for each degree should list all modules taken and the grades achieved on each. Applicants who are still enrolled on a course should supply partial transcripts of the modules taken and grades achieved so far and should also supply a list of the modules that are currently being taken. Applicants who have not yet graduated should state the date when results are expected.

Application closing date

There will be three interview dates for those who are interested in applying for the Space Physiology & Health MSc. All applicants must submit their application at least 2 weeks before the interview date they would like to be considered for. The dates are as follows:

Interview date 1: 18th January 2017 – Application Deadline: 4th January 2017

Interview date 2: 19th April 2017 – Application Deadline: 5th April 2017

Interview date 3: 5th July 2017 – Application Deadline: 21st June 2017

Please be aware that the final deadline to apply is the 21st of June 2017. Interview spaces for the April and June interviews will be subject to availability of places after the January interview date, so we encourage prospective students to apply as early as possible.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

The programme provides a range of multidisciplinary skills and will help those wishing to pursue a career in human physiology in its broadest sense, either in academic research i.e. PhD, in industry, in Ministry of Defence research laboratories or National/International Space agencies including ESA.


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