To foster and promote the awareness of space technologies and applications among students, EPFL offers since 2005 a Minor in Space Technologies. The course is hosted by the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Section (SEL) but open to the entire EPFL student community.

The main goals of the Minor in Space Technologies are:

  • To offer students the possibility to strengthen their knowledge of space related research
  • To promote space applications, technology and science based on the large interest raised by space
  • To foster a strong educational platform in the space sector, in parallel to the development of academic and research projects at EPFL (e.g. SwissCube, Cleanspace)


List of Courses

A list of all the courses offered in the frame of the Minor is shown the following document : registration form for the Minor in Space Technologies 2020-2021

Students should be mindful that some classes have a weekly repetition cycle (2 hours/week) but a few will be given only biweekly (4 hours every other week) in order to fit the schedule of the external lecturers.

Students will have to choose among a list of courses which are strongly recommended due to the fact they are entirely dedicated to space (shown in blue in the document) and a list of existing EPFL courses which will be slightly adapted to emphasise space-related aspects. Students need to select lectures yielding a total of at least 18 ETCS from the choice available.

Note: some classes are marked as “mandatory” for students who follow them in their major. In the case of the Minor in Space Technologies, these classes are optional. 


Each student planning to take the Minor will have to select a project equivalent to 12 ETCS. A list of topics will be made available by eSpace at the beginning of the term or could be proposed by a lab (as long as the project is space related).

It is highly recommended to take the project after the classes, i.e. in the third semester of Master. Once the title of the project has been selected and agreed with project supervisors, the student needs to register for the project on IS-Academia and should inform us about their project via this form: Minor project

For eSpace related projects, please visit the open projects page.


  1. The student should register on IS-Academia for the minor and corresponding classes.
  2. They should ensure that the selected classes equal at least 18 ECTS in the frame of the minor, as well as a potential project that fulfills the required 12 credits (online form to also be completed and submitted)
  3. The student fills the registration form for the Minor in Space Technologies 2020-2021 and selects the classes they wish to follow
  4. This form should be sent by email to Candice Norhadian.
  5. Deadline to register: before the end of the first semester of each students’ Master studies


For further information about the Minor in Space Technologies, please contact:

Candice Norhadian, EPFL Space Center, PPH335, Station 13, tel: +41(0) 21 693 69 67