Course curriculum

The Master provides one thousand hours of training (100 ECTS credits). The first formative stage of the Master (480 hours or 48 ETCS credits) consists of 6 theoretical and practical modules of classroom and laboratory training, where the students learn the fundamentals of RPAS, from energy sources to flight dynamics, from avionics to control, from operations to certification. The activities of these modules are developed both at the School of Engineering of the University of Huelva and at El Arenosillo (CEDEA), the main test range of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology, located 15 minutes from the University campus.

The training in the industry accounts for more than half of the credits of the Master (520 hours in direct contact with the most important companies in the sector), so it is a highly practical program, oriented to the professional sector. This practical training is distributed as follows: 400 hours in situ in the partner companies, working as engineers in their lines of development; 60 hours dedicated to the final master project, which is developed in the same project in which the student is trained; and another 60 hour of training through specific seminars and learning (presentation and debate, counter-drone systems, remote pilot certificate, personalized professional guidance, business development..), presenting the current state of the art as a necessary complement in a world of work so competitive and in constant scientific, technological and economic development. Naturally, you will accomplish your practical training to obtain the RPAS Pilot Certificate.

We also aim to introduce you into the aerospace sector where the dominant language is English. The academic training will be taught in English unless all the students were Spanish speakers, in which case the learning will be held in this language. Evaluations are carried out in English too.

The Master has a career guidance unit which has the goal of facilitating the access of graduates to the aerospace professional sector, and more specifically to the RPAS field. This unit makes our Master unique in our sector. During the phase of personalized professional guidance, you will visit the collaborating companies of the Master, which are placed in different regions of Spain. Moreover, you will have the opportunity of assisting to workshops in which the entities offer to the students information about their latest R&D (Research and Development) projects.

Regarding the defence of the Masters thesis during the year 2020/21, the students have three open calls, on the 22th of October and 17th of December, 2020, and on the 15th of April, 2021. In order to participate in one of these, a notice must be sent to the Secretary of the Master, Prof. Dr. Arturo Aquino (, and at least fourteen days before the desired start date. Following that date, eligible students will be asked to submit their thesis reports in order to obtain a letter of payment for covering the application fees by the Department of Specifics degrees at the University of Huelva. The presentation must be done preferably in person and it will take place in the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ETSI) of the University of Huelva at ‘El Carmen’ Campus. If there exist a justified cause, it shall be possible to ask for an online presentation at any time during this maximum assessment period of fourteen days and prior to the desired date. Lastly, beside the report, the company tutor must provide an authorisation document as an essential requirement for defending the thesis. At the same time, it is indispensable to submit a certificate recognising the time spent on practical work and its content by the company in which a student has carried out its training. This certificate attest that the students have complete 400 hours of mandatory practices, including the implementation period of the project and description of the work performed. 

The breakdown of our course curriculum is as follows:

  Module 1 – Fundamentals of RPAS 4,7
  1. Fundamentals of Atmosphere and Meteorology 1
  2. Fundamentals of Modeling and Simulation 1’5
  3. The Civil and Military RPAS system 2
 Module evaluation 0,2
  Module 2 – Energy for RPAS 5,2
  4. Power sources for high endurance based in renewable energy 2,5
  5. Energy and propulsion 2,5
  Module evaluation 0,2
  Module 3 – Dynamics and control of RPAS13,7
  6. Flight dynamics  3,5
  7. Estimation and Navigation  2,5
  8. Flight control system  3
  9. RPAS design process  2
  10. Rotary-wing RPAS  2’5
  Module evaluation  0,2
  Module 4 – RPAS systems11,2
  11. Avionics for RPAS  3,5
  12. Communications systems and networks  2
  13. Civil and military payloads  3,5
  14. Ground stations and simulators  2
  Module evaluation  0,2
  Module 5 – Operation and applications of RPAS  13,7
  15. Integration of RPAS into civil airspace and Air traffic control (ATC)  2,5
  16. Operations and manteinance of civil and military RPAS  2
  17. RPAS Regulations, qualification and certification  6
  18. Civil applications and counter-drone systems  3
  Module evaluation  0,2
  Module 6 – Professional training and entrepreneurship51,5
  Advanced RPAS Pilot Certificate 1
  Personalized professional guidance and entrepreneurship 1,5
  Seminars of companies and organizations 3
  Master Thesis project 6
  Training in companies and organizations40
  Total credits100