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The Master provides nine hundred hours of training (90 ECTS credits). The first formative stage of the Master (435 hours or 43.5 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 the CEUS-CEDEA complex, the main test range of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology, located a few minutes from the University campus.

The training in the industry accounts for more than half of the credits of the Master (465 hours in direct contact with the most important companies in the sector), so it is a highly practical program and oriented to the professional market. This practical training is distributed as follows: 350 hours in situ in the partner companies, working as engineers in their lines of development; 60 hours dedicated to the Master’s final project; and another 55 hours of training including specific seminars (presentation and debate, counter-drone systems, personalized guidance, business development…) as necessary complements for a professional environment so competitive and in constant scientific, technological and economic development.

We also aim to introduce you into the aerospace sector where the dominant language is English. Instruction and examinations are carried out in this language.

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/UAS field. This unit makes our Master unique in the educational 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 and demanded profiles.

Regarding the defence of the Master’s thesis during the year 2022/23, the students have two open calls, on the 23rd of October, 2022, and on the 20th of April, 2023. 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 digital format 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 will be carried out online. 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 350 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:

SYLLABUS (2023/2024) Credits
Modules, subjects and activities
Module 1 – Fundamentals of RPAS 3’7
1. Fundamentals of Atmosphere and Meteorology 1
2. Fundamentals of Modeling and Simulation 1’5
3. The Civil and Military RPAS system 1
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 RPAS 11’7
6. Flight dynamics 3
7. Estimation and Navigation 2’5
8. Flight control system 2’5
9. Rotary-wing RPAS 2’5
10. HAPS Systems 1
Module evaluation 0'2
Module 4 – RPAS systems 12'7
11. Avionics for RPAS 3'5
12. Communications systems and networks 2
13. Payloads and anti drone systems 3
14. Artificial vision and perception systems 2
15. Ground stations and simulators 2
Module evaluation 0'2
Module 5 – Operation and applications of RPAS 11'7
16. Integration of RPAS into civil airspace and Air traffic control (ATC) 2'5
17. Operations and maintenance of civil and military RPAS 2
18. Operation of HAPS Systems 1
19. RPAS Regulations, qualification and certification 6
Module evaluation 0'2
Module 6 – Professional training and entrepreneurship 45
Personalized professional guidance and entrepreneurship 1'5
Seminars of companies and organizations 2'5
Final Master Project 6
Training in companies and organizations 35
Total credits 90

Frequently Asked Questions

The recommended profile for admission to the Master’s degree is to be in possession of a university degree in engineering, science or equivalent. However, the Academic Committee of the Master may consider other academic qualifications required for admission, prior student curriculum analysis.

For those students who have finished their undergraduate studies but does not have the diploma in engineering degree, bachelor of science or equivalent, the Academic Committee of the Master may authorize the student’s enrolment. Nevertheless, once they pass the Master may not apply for the diploma until they provide the official documentation certifying income qualifications.

48% of the academic activities are taught in-person at the Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Huelva (“El Carmen” Campus) in downtown Huelva (Spain) and within the CEDEA-CEUS Center of the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Mazagón, Huelva. The remaining 52% of the activities are carried out in the companies that share an agreement with the Master, which are leading companies in the RPAS/UAS sector at global scale.

The Master has a duration of 900h including classroom activities, laboratory practices at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA), on-site visits to companies in the sector and internships.

  • Design and building of civil and military RPAS.
  • Propulsion, power and energy sources.
  • Control, navigation and simulation systems.
  • Avionics, communications and networks.
  • Civil and military Payloads.
  • Operations and maintenance of civil and military RPAS.
  • Regulations, qualification and certification of RPAS.
  • Business development and entrepreneurship.

The Master includes a personalized guidance to help you find your professional goals in the aerospace sector.

The Master has a cost of € 8,000, which can be paid in three installments. This cost covers all the expenses of the student during the academic course, including practical trips.

The main goal of this period of 350h is to provide you with specialised training and to introduce you in the professional market. Indeed, all the promotions of the Master show that around 90% of our graduates are hired after the completion of the program in those companies were they carried out the practical learning, as well as the Master Project, which is directed by the company and usually focused on new developments or projects of common interest.

Each edition of the Master allows a maximum of 30 people in order to ensure the educational quality of the activities, practices and laboratories at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA). Also, this small number of people allows to ensure that all students have guaranteed their training, development and investigation activities in the companies in which the Master has an agreement of internship.

Upon pre-registration, the student must submit the documentation regarding his / her university education and curriculum vitae. Once it is analysed by the Academic Committee of the Master, the student has order of preference to carry out the enrolment. The student is continually updated about the process.

The academic activities at the University of Huelva and at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) start in October and end in the month of May of the following year. From then and until December of that year, the students are training in companies and developing a Master’s Degree Final Project.

  • Know the structure and composition of the atmosphere.
  • Know the horizontal and vertical variation experienced by meteorological variables.
  • Know at a planetary level the atmospheric dynamics.
  • Understand weather maps to different topographies.
  • Knowledge of the general principles that describe atmospheric flight.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of studying the RPAS Flight Mechanics.
  • Ability to calculate RPAS performances.
  • Ability to analyze the balancing and control of the RPAS.
  • Ability to analyze the stability of the RPAS.
  • Ability to analyze the dynamic response of the RPAS.
  • Ability to calculate and optimize trajectories of RPAS.
  • Ability to plan a flight.
  • Know models to describe the axial and advance flight of RPAS rotary wing.
  • Ability to analyze the RPAS performances of rotating wing.
  • Ability to analyze the stability of the movement of an RPAS rotating wing.
  • Analyze which is the most suitable propulsion system according to the characteristics of the flight.
  • Calculate and analyze the quality and performance parameters of the propulsive systems.
  • Knowledge of the basic functional elements of the Air Navigation System.
  • Knowledge of sustainability, maintainability and operability of air navigation systems.
  • Knowledge of the air circulation system (air traffic management).
  • Applied knowledge of cartography.
  • Knowledge of RPAS types, their classification, typology, applications, industry and market.
  • Knowledge of photovoltaic systems and fuel cells.
  • Be able to design photovoltaic and fuel cell systems.
  • Knowledge at a functional level of batteries and supercapacitors.
  • Be able to design hybrid renewable energy systems.
  • Know and understand the principles and aerodynamic models of application to RPAS.
  • Know and understand the particularities concerning energy and power plants for RPAS.
  • Know the HAPS Systems. Operations.
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations of application in the airspace.
  • Knowledge of the problems of RPAS integration in the airspace and its environments.
  • Know the systems to detect and avoid collisions and operational procedures.
  • Know the surface operations for the RPAS.
  • Know the STANAG regulations for RPAS.
  • Know the qualification processes for RPAS.
  • Know the certification processes for RPAS.
  • Knowledge and management of avionics shipped in an RPAS.
  • Knowledge of the design phases of an RPAS and its manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of operations and specific maintenance techniques for RPAS.
  • Knowledge of fault diagnosis and error tolerance control.
  • Knowledge of the advanced applications of the RPAS.
  • Knowledge of data fusion systems and integration of application sensors in RPAS.
  • Knowledge of automatic flight control systems.
  • Knowledge and control of specific operations and landing and takeoff for RPAS.
  • Knowledge of the working of autonomous systems.
  • Knowledge of RPAS in cooperation.
  • Knowledge and management of simulators.
  • Knowledge and management of RPAS ground control systems.
  • Knowledge and management of the launching systems and recovery modes for RPAS.
  • Knowledge of modeling and simulation of RPAS in the air.
  • Knowledge and management of communication systems and application networks in RPAS.
  • Knowledge and boarding of payloads for RPAS.
  • Attending seminars taught by experienced professionals and guided through a personalized professional orientation.

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