Advanced Master in Space Applications & Services - SPAPS

Advanced Master in Space Applications & Services - SPAPS

  • Advanced Master
  • Study field
    Electrical Engineering, Aeronautics and Space Engineering, Materials Engineering
  • Institution
  • Teaching language



The first objective of the Space Applications & Services SPAPS Advanced Master is to give students a broad understanding of space systems and their environment, constraints and capacities in the fields of earth observation, communications and navigation.

The second program objective is to help students, based on real examples and experimental work, to grasp the value of space systems in terms of creating space applications and services in different fields by integrating or not other data.

Students will propose and design tools and solutions in fields including the environment, agriculture, transportation and urban planning, among others. Students shall be capable of both better understanding the performances of space systems and in turn identifying user needs, and developing new complementary integrated applications and services using data and pictures from space systems and other sources (aerial photographs, for example, or field data….).


2 semesters

Program Start


Course details

Training content

Organization of the program:

The SPAPS Advanced Master is a one-year program which is divided into 2 semesters.

First semester: 7 months of courses delivered in Toulouse, mainly at ISAESUPAERO.

Second semester: A 4-6-month mission to be completed in a laboratory, an SME, and in particular at AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE.

 Training program

Semester 1

Part 1 – Space systems

Space systems introduction

Part 2 – Digital techniques

Big data and cloud – Digital communication and networking basics

Part 3 Earth observation

Remote sensing and sensors – Image processing and data analysis – Earth observation applications and services

Part 4 – Navigation and positioning

Broadband satellite communication systems - Satellite broadcasting – Telecommunication satellites for mobiles – Satellite telecommunication business

Part 5 - Space economics and regulations

Space applications economy and marketing/laws and regulations

Part ­6 - Services and integrated applications

End-user integrated applications and services

Semester 2

Company internship, professional thesis.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees vary between €9,500 and €20,500 depending on your situation. To check the exact amount, please click here.

Living costs

Average monthly living costs for a student in Toulouse is between 700 and €1,000. The amount depends a lot on the accommodation you will choose.

Detailed information about living expenses can be found in the Student Guide.  

Scholarships from ISAE-SUPAERO

There are numerous scholarships for International students at ISAE-SUPAERO. The complete and updated list can be found here.

For other scholarship information, we recommend to check Campus Bourse.


Access condition

Admission requirements

In order to apply for the SPAPS Advanced Master one must hold a Master’s degree, or an equivalent degree in science or engineering, or a Bachelor degree with at least 3 years of professional experience.

Admissions committees

There are several admissions sessions for SPAPS. 
The application files filled in ‘on line’ are analyzed by an admissions committee which meets in accordance to the schedule presented here. It is highly recommended to apply as soon as possible.

Language requirements

All students must provide an English Language Certificate, even if their previous course was taught in English:

  • TOEFL IBT (Inst.Code: 9820): 85 or
  • TOEIC: 785 or
  • IELTS: 6.5 or
  • CAE/FCE Cambridge: 170.

(Citizens of the following countries are exempt from the test: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States)

Required documents:

  • a resume,
  • a cover letter,
  • a copy of your highest diploma or certificate of enrollment,
  • transcripts for the 3 last years,
  • English test results: TOEFL IBT (Inst.Code : 9820): 85 or TOEIC: 785 or IELTS: 6.5 or CAE/FCE Cambridge: 170,
  • GRE test results if taken (not mandatory)
  • application fee of €90.
  • 2 letters of recommendation sent directly by professors.

Documents have to be officially translated in French or English.

Military candidates from abroad : upload the diplomatic file.

Application deadline: 29th June

Student Life

Toul’Box ressources to get settled in Toulouse are offered to MAE students. Pack includes:

  • One-to-one with the Toul'Box team (welcome pack, help with housing benefits, temporary residence procedures...)
  • Opening a bank account
  • Help with home insurance
  • Public transport travel pass-Pastel
  • SIM Card
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Booking accommodation
  • Help with formalities - Deposits and Guarantees
  • Guided tour of Toulouse


SAE-SUPAERO offers students a new campus and an outstanding living and learning environment including 6 new or totally renovated student residences.

The campus offers some:

  • 982 housing units
  • A dining hall,
  • A student center (MDE) including a snack bar, lounge, and sports facilities for yoga, bodybuilding, squash, as well as TV rooms, and rooms reserved for clubs and organizations.

Each student residence has common areas including work rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

WIFIRST offer (Internet, TV, Telephone) from 12,50€/month.

For more information and application, please consult the hall’s website.

Students who wish to find private accommodation can be helped in their accommodation search by the Welcome Desk or Toul’Box.

To learn more about different types of accommodation in France, you can read this article.

Part-time jobs

If you a European national, you do not have any work restrictions in France.

If you are not a EU citizen, normally you will have a long-term student visa (VLS-TS) which allows international students to work for 960 hours over a one-year period (on average, 20 hours per week). Internships are not included in this limit.

Part-time student jobs are available in the institute (admission office, library, language dpt) or in Toulouse (from bar work to babysitting), for students who speak at least a minimum of French. Announcements are put up on campus announcements boards, and it is recommended that students distribute their CVs in person to local bars and restaurants.

Student clubs

The ISAE-SUPAERO campus offers an ideal environment for personal growth and development. Students have an exceptionally rich association life including cultural, artistic, social and athletic activities within the scope of nearly 100 clubs and associations. Learn about them in detail! Find the complete list of associations on the Student Office website.

About School

And after ...

Further studies

PhD available only for students holding a Master degree before entering the institute.

Career prospects

This Advanced Master degree offers career opportunities in a wide range of fields:

  • Jobs related to cross disciplinary use of space data (observation of the earth and its atmosphere, telecommunications, data positioning, data from scientific missions and exploration) in complex information systems
  • Consulting jobs to identify and define requirements, and implement application solutions using space data,
  • New jobs related to New Space challenges.

The SPAPS Advanced Master guarantees a high level of expertise required for today’s and tomorrow’s international space-related jobs.Program graduates go on to work as Project Leaders, Business Engineers, Business Development Managers, Consulting Manager, Research Engineer, Expert in Space Applications.

Recruiting companies: Thales, Airbus, CNES, SODERN

Graduate residence permit

The graduates of this program can apply for a residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" ("job search / business creation") for graduate students. This residence permit allows students to remain in France for up to one year to look for employment.

At the end of your studies, if you have obtained your diploma, you can apply for a residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" (except Algerian students). This residence permit replaces the temporary residence permit that was previously issued to graduate students ("APS Master").

This residence permit can also be requested from abroad: if you leave France at the end of your studies, you can apply for the residence permit "recherche d'emploi / création d'entreprise" at the French consulate in your home country or your country of residence within 4 years after graduation. More information:


  • Toulouse


Catherine DUVAL

Phone : +33 5 6133 8037

Email : info-masters @

Caroline ARMANGE

Phone : +33 5 6133 8025