How to study space engineering and sciences at ULg?

Liège synonymous with “space”…

The University of Liège (ULg), in synergy with the local space industry, is the main “pole” of excellence in Belgium for space research, development, construction, tests, and more.

Key questions

    How do you learn to design and build a complete satellite system such as that of OUFTI-1?

  • by becoming an engineer!
  • Where do you find the relevant course programs in Belgium?

  • at the ULg!

Space engineering: a multidisciplinary domain

Designing, building, testing, and operating a satellite system requires multidisciplinary expertise. If you want to ultimately work in the space sector, you should choose the engineering discipline that is appropriate AND best fits your passions.

The School of Engineering of the ULg – called the Faculty of Applied Sciences – comprises four departments, all important for space engineering:

How to study engineering at the ULg?

If you are fresh from high school and wish to study engineering at the ULg, the full sequence of study comprises a Bachelor (BS) degree (in 3 years), a Master (MS) degree (in 2 years), and – if you wish to go further – a PhD degree. Of course, you can also join at the BS and PhD curriculum levels. You’ll find details on the “Description of courses and career options” webpage.

For the BS, you’ll follow the curriculum “Engineering Sciences, Civil Engineering Orientation” (where “civil” is a legal term historically used to mean “non-military”). For the MS, you’ll probably choose between the following, space-relevant specialties:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Electro-mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering.

Virtually all ULg engineering students – girls and boys -who contributed to the OUFTI-1 project studied Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and/or Computer Science and Engineering.

The ULg is the only university in the French-speaking part of Belgium allowed to deliver an MS in Aerospace Engineering!

Do you love software?

If you are interested mostly in the software aspects of satellite systems, you can also do a BS in Computer Sciences followed by an MS in Computer Sciences.

Do you like science?

If your passion lies more in science than in engineering, the Faculty of Sciences of the ULg offers several curricula for you. In particular, through the MS in Space Sciences, you’ll study planets, stars, galaxies, as well as the Earth as seen from space. Other curricula – such as Oceanography, Geological Sciences, and Geographical Sciences – also allow you to be involved in the exploration and use of space. Of course, with an appropriate engineering degree and some additional training, you can also work successfully in these fields.

The ULg is the only university in the French-speaking part of Belgium allowed to deliver an MS in Space Sciences!