Study opportunities in space science and engineering abound in the University of Strathclyde, U.K.

The University of Strathclyde has plans to open up admission at its Scottish Space School for Indian students.

With India making rapid strides in its space programmes, this could potentially interest a lot of Indian students, according to Dr. Alex Galloway, Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, at the university.

In an email interview with The Hindu Education Plus, Dr. Galloway said there is a dire shortage of qualified engineers across the globe, and there has never been a better time to develop a career in this profession.

On the university’s flagship Aero-Mechanical Engineering programme, Dr. Galloway said “This is an exciting programme that offers a range of applied design and engineering modules and we also expose our students to the principles of flight by providing glider flight test experience.”

The university offers a wide range of courses, which spans eight engineering departments (Architecture, Biomedical, Civil and Environmental, Chemical and Process, Design and Manufacturing, Electronic and Electrical, Mechanical and Aerospace, Naval and Marine) providing substantial choices in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

“The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is recognised as a Centre of Excellence and has close links with the industry and this relationship generates substantial research income (currently £90 million) which is re-invested in faculty and infrastructure,” he said.

There are a range of attractive scholarship opportunities available for high-achieving Indian students. Details can be found on the university’s website


Research centres

Highlighting some of the key research centres of the university, Dr. Galloway said the Strathclyde Space Institute is a multi-disciplinary venture addressing key challenges in space systems engineering, satellite applications and access to space.

The Centre for Space Science and Applications works on a broad range of space physics problems, such as testing the equivalence principle and gravitational wave detection from space, and the exploitation of satellite data for environmental monitoring of the earth’s oceans. The Advanced Space Concepts Lab undertakes frontier research on visionary space systems.

The Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology is a multi-disciplinary research unit that aims to develop and integrate the range of technological disciplines that will be required for future high-speed airliners and access-to-space systems.

The Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory is engaged in research in space-related mechatronic technology and systems development.

Reach for the Stars

Dr. Galloway was recently in India for the university’s competition, Reach for the Stars Challenge.

“This contest is for Indian college students, where a group of two students will be challenged to come up with a new idea related to any industry and they will have to give a three-minute presentation which they will post on YouTube within 24 hours of the challenge being posted online,” he said.

The winning team of two students will have an all-expenses paid trip of Strathclyde University in Glasgow.