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Satellite-based Navigation and Space Telecommunications.
The Master of Science (MSc) in GNSS is a 2-year programme,accredited by the French ministry of higher education, co-organized by ENAC and the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE). It is taught in English.
Scope of this Master degree
GNSS stands for Global Navigation Satellite System. It defines a satellite-based system that allows autonomous positioning and navigation of a suitably equipped user everywhere and at all times. The current flagship of GNSS is the US GPS (Global Positioning System). Recently, GNSS has gained a lot of attention worldwide due to the significant increase of the number of fields using and relying GPS. Examples of these fields are:
Such a growth of the GNSS market (well highlighted by the following report) requires an increasing number of experts worldwide. Moreover, the development of GNSS-related applications is being supported by the development of global and regional satellite-based navigation systems in Europe (Galileo, EGNOS), US (Modernized GPS, WAAS), China (BEIDOU), Russia (GLONASS, SDCM), India (GAGAN, IRNSS) and Japan (QZSS).
In this context, the MSc in GNSS technology was developed with the support of the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in order to face the fact that the current number of graduate students qualified to fill the growing GNSS job market is too low. The clear goal of this MSc is thus to train students for the highly dynamic and evolving GNSS and GNSS-dependent industry.
The MSc in GNSS also offers advanced education in space telecommunications, since GNSS and space telecommunications share many technical similarities and are strongly complementary.
To reach its goals, the MSc program is based on a mix of:
This Master of Science on GPS, Galileo, ... technology will thus provide students with a head start in the evolving and growing markets of Satellite-based Navigation and Space Telecommunications.
A European Partnership
This MSc in GNSS has been developed with the support of the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency, GSA (7th Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 248016).
It has been achieved in Partnership with the Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications of the University of Federal Armed Forces Munich (Germany) and Politecnico di Torino (Torino, Italy), both recognized for their leading international roles in education and research in the field of GNSS, are partners of the MSc. They both contribute to the MSc teaching and provide their international links with the GNSS industry.
This program is open to any applicant with a completed Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent.
Applicants shall give proof of a sufficient English level: TOEFL ≥ 550 (PBT), TOEFL ≥ 213 (CBT), TOEC ≥ 750, IELTS ≥ 6.0, BULATS ≥ 70, D-C-L degree 4 or equivalent
The selection is based on application files assessment, followed by an interview if necessary. Admission is run from January until June every year for September intakes. Note that there is a first come-first serve process for selecting candidates.
Scholarship opportunities for the 2014-2015 academic year
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the European GNSS Agency, GSA, offers 4 scholarships of €4,000 for students.
There are 2 "H2020" scholarships, for students students coming from a University located in a H2020-funding country or having an H2020-funding country nationality.
The 2 other scholarships are for students who are not elligible for the H2020 scholarships.
The scholarship selection process will be based on the academic records of the applicant.
The MSc in GNSS was developed based on the needs expressed by GNSS institutional and industrial communities (as our supporters' list shows).
The graduate students’ skills match the job opportunities from GNSS-related SMEs, large companies, governmental institutions and research laboratories worldwide. It also offers the student with the opportunity to work in his/her favorite field of application (civil aviation, space, etc...).
Example of potential jobs after graduating from the MSc GNSS are: Navigation Engineer, GNSS Systems Engineer, Radionavigation consultant, Development Engineer, GNSS Expert, GNSS Leader, Technical Director of Radionavigation Unit, Telecommunications Engineer, Signal Processing Engineer in Radionavigation Unit, Satellite Navigation Systems Engineer, Navigation Services System Definition & Performance, Navigation Technologies Researcher, ...
Additional expertise could be gained by pursuing a PhD programme at ENAC, ISAE or one of the partner universities.