Optional Major Project International Placement: Space Exploration Development Systems (SEEDS)

Module code: PA7092

The project provides the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills gained to a multidisciplinary design or research activity in an international context, and to experience living and working abroad in a professional context.  When you complete this project you will, along with an MSc award, receive a SEEDS Certificate of participation to demonstrate to future employers the unique professional development experience achieved by completing an international project.

The project consists of a team mission and system design activity to a comparable level of detail to a 'phase A' study conducted in industry. The project is completed in three phases, with students from the three institutes co-located at each of those institutes in turn. Each phase addressed one aspect of the system design. The first phase of the project will be at Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France, and will start with 2 weeks of team building and a comprehensive introduction to the project. The second phase of the project will be conducted at Politecnico di Torino (Turn), Italy. 

The final phase of the project will be conducted at the University of Leicester and will include 2 weeks for project write-up. A final presentation and award ceremony will follow the formal completion of the project. It is intended that this will be held at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands. A Project Work Teaching Team (PWTT) will be formed from industry and academic personnel at each of the three locations to support you during the project.