MSc Satellite Communication Systems : from engineering to end-to-end systems (SATCOM systems)

Since more than fifty years, satellite systems have demonstrated their excellence to collect and distribute data in a vast coverage area for the benefit of thousands of users. Within the global telecommunications industry, space communications display one of the most profitable businesses in permanent evolution. Companies of the sector, both system and service providers, are constantly looking for junior executives offering the expertise matching the specifics of satellite communications.

The SATCOM systems program is tailored to provide students with necessary and up-to-date high level of expertise required for the jobs of today and tomorrow involving satellite communications.

Aims of the program

The SATCOM systems program aims to train autonomous graduates in the field of satellite telecommunications. The level of expertise acquired in electronics, digital communications, networks and systems allows them to quickly access positions of responsibility in this field and more generally in the field of telecommunications.

The program is built upon on the following foundations:

  • A global approach of system design and analysis by taking into account the environments, the limitations and constraints, the interfaces and the expected performances,
  • An expertise in the disciplines contributing to the design of these systems: electronics, digital communications, networking, etc.
  • Simulation tools and field techniques,
  • Development of applications for the space and embedded-system domains.

This Master is taught by INP - ENSEEIHT

Program content

First year – (60 ECTS credits)

Semester 1: Integration semester (in collaboration with ENAC Toulouse): Basics of Electronics, Electromagnetism, Signal and Digital Communications

Semester 2: Core semester: Advanced Electronics, RF electronics, Optics, Telecommunication systems

Second year (60 ECTS credits)

Semester 1: Specialization semester

Advanced telecommunication techniques (Network & telecommunication protocols, Digital filter banks, Spread spectrum techniques, Digital communications receivers and SDR technology, Modern coding)

Space techniques & Applications (satellite communications systems & markets, regulation & space law, communications satellites, satellite payloads, earth stations and terminals, introduction to satellite navigation systems, optical satellite communications, satellite based computer networks, mobile & multimedia satellite communications, integration of satellite in 5G, applications of Satcom)

Semester 2:  5 to 6 month final internship, which will be paid

Research Institutions & Industrial Partners

Toulouse being the French capital of Space, the Master program benefits of a unique research and professional environment. It also profits from the strong connections with the aerospace and defence industries developed by faculty members of ENSEEIHT.

The Master program is supported by major actors in the field of satellite communications (Airbus Defense and Space, Thales Alenia Space, CNES, SES, EUTELSAT, INMARSAT…). The teaching staff is composed of faculty members who are part of major French research laboratories and experts of satellite industry.

Job opportunities

The main sector of activity is satellite telecommunications, but graduates can integrate into the entire field of telecommunications.

Graduates are mainly hired by the major European players in the field of satellite telecommunications (system and service providers): industrials (Thales Alenia Space, Airbus Defense and Space, etc.), agencies (CNES, DLR, ESA, etc.), operators (EUTELSAT, SES, INMARSAT). Large companies in the field of telecommunications in general such as Thales and Orange for example are also employers. Graduates are also recruited by SMEs such as: CLS, Silicom, Sigfox, etc.






late June



Courses are taught in English



are members of the N+i network and Campus France


9000/ year
  • (reduction down to 5473 €/year for academic partners, european and selected students)

How to candidate?

Direct application by e-mail
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