The Middle East’s First Master’s Space Programme

Discover our MIT-endorsed programme

Space Systems and Technology Programme

Yahsat is committed to using connectivity as a tool to help drive social change, increase education opportunities and develop communities. We're proud that our partnership with Northrop Grumman and Khalifa University has created the first multidisciplinary academic space program in the UAE.

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Adham Alkhaja - Student

Space activities are increasing in the UAE… we are encouraged to learn about space technology and it has a very bright future

Dr. Behjat Al Yousef - Interim Provost

Nasa, for example, has always accepted research based Cubesats and launch them as part of their space missions, allowing us to directly enhance the mission to Mars

David W Thompson - President and CEO

One of the next steps in our partnership introduced the first Graduate Level Program in space systems and technologies

Masood M Sharif Mahmood - CEO

A program that is a product of the joint efforts of three, what I like to call - best in class - institutions

Yahsat Space Laboratory Achievements

  • First space systems lab in UAE with AIV* facilities to cater CubeSats of size up to 6U and mass up to 10 kgs.
  • A VHF/UHF/S-Band Ground station capable of autonomous operations.
  • Currently supporting four nanosatellite projects
    • MYSat-1, MYSat-2 (Yahsat funded)
    • MeznSat and UAE MiniSat Competition (UAESA funded)
  • Active participation in Young Future Energy Leaders, Ektashif outreach Programs and space events

11 active MSc students and 4 undergraduate projects


More than 20 UAE national interns in the last two years

Who we want

Admission is open to both male and female students. You must be sufficiently proficient in English to be able to manage a challenging master’s degree.