KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

Space Physiology & Health MSc

Apply now

The Space Physiology & Health MSc course is a unique study programme that provides training for biomedical scientists and doctors with an interest in the biomedical issues associated with space exploration. International experts from academia, contractors and space agencies (including NASA) contribute to the course through seminars, extensive laboratory practicals and visits to the RAF and Space Agency (ESA & DLR) facilities.





Key benefits

  • The course provides experiences with external partners including the Space Medicine Office at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.

  • Specialist subjects delivered by professionals from within the Space industry.

  • Highly specialist study pathway that is the only one 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 Thomas Smith


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

Department Department of Physiology School of Basic & Medical Biosciences



Explore campuses

Welcome to King's

In the heart of London

Discover the advantages of studying at one of the top 25 universities in the world and take a look at our central London campuses.

Watch more videos

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 the space environment.

You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September through modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits from a research project (dissertation). 

This course 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.
  • Instrumentation, calibration, data acquisition and the analysis of results while applying appropriate statistical methods.
  • The effect of the space environment upon human behaviour and performance.
  • The characteristics and practices associated with space medical and life science research.

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.

 Course credits

Lectures/ Tutorials

Practical classes

45 credits

60 hours

24 hours

30 credits

40 hours

24 hours

15 credits

10 hours


 Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work


You are assessed through a combination of:

  • unseen written examinations
  • laboratory reports
  • oral and poster presentations
  • literature review
  • dissertation.

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.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. 

We try to arrange trips to the European Space Agency, and other related facilities whenever possible to enhance your learning experience.

King’s and partner organisations organise summer research projects depending on applicability and availability.


Year 1

 Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules
You are required to take:

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Space Physiology Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1 

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree 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.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability, together with recommendations from academic referees, and usually following an interview. Places on the programme are limited and early applications are strongly encouraged.

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:

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Interview Dates

The interview dates and deadlines for this programme are as follows:

Interview Date 1: 30th January 2019; Application Deadline: 9th January 2019

Interview Date 2: 24th April 2019; Application Deadline: 3rd April 2019

Interview Date 3: 3rd July 2019; Application Deadline: 12th June 2019

Please note that interviews will be largely given on a first come, first serve basis, so we encourage you to apply for your desired interview date as early as possible. If the department wishes to interview you, but spaces are filled for the closest interview date, we may provide you with an alternate date for interview.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

There will be three interview dates for those who are interested in applying for the Human & Applied Physiology 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:

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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 Home/EU fees: £12,300 (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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.

Second-class return rail travel (or equivalent) is usually reimbursed by the College to field trips outside of Transport for London network from the designated point of departure. Whilst on field trips, accommodation costs will be paid by the College where applicable. Students are expected to pay for their own food while on field trips. There are no additional costs for equipment, materials, bench fees or room hire.

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 course provides a range of multidisciplinary skills and will help graduates wishing to pursue a career in human physiology, academic research including a PhD, industry, Ministry of Defence research laboratories or National and International Space agencies including ESA.


Next steps

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our guide in PDF format.

Download guide

View online

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

Accommodation Take a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student life Art, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricular Discover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London living With four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.