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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 biomedical issues associated with space exploration. International experts from academia, contractors and space agencies (including NASA) contribute to the course through lectures, seminars, extensive laboratory practicals and visits to the RAF and Space Agency (ESA & DLR) facilities. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Image courtesy of ESA


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'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 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



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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 modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits from a research project and 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 the appropriate statistical methods.

  • The effect of the space environment upon human behaviour and performance.

  • The characteristics and practices associated with medical and life science research environments in space.

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
  • Essay
  • 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.


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


Required Modules
You are required to take:

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

Space Physiology Entry Requirements
Minimum UK 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 and a non-refundable application fee of £55 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:

Interview date 1: 24th January 2018 – Application Deadline: 10th January 2018

Interview date 2: 18th April 2018 – Application Deadline: 4th April 2018

Interview date 3: 4th July 2017 – Application Deadline: 20th June 2017

Please be aware that the final deadline to apply is the 20th of June 2018. Interview spaces for the April and July interviews will be subject to availability of places after the January interview date, so we encourage prospective students to apply as early as possible.

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 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:

 Interview date 1: 24th January 2018 – Application Deadline: 10th January 2018

 Interview date 2: 18th April 2018 – Application Deadline: 4th April 2018

 Interview date 3: 4th July 2017 – Application Deadline: 20th June 2017

Please be aware that the final deadline to apply is the 20th of June 2018. Interview spaces for the April and July 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: £11,550 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,940 per year (2018/19)
  • 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 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, 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 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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