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The Master’s studies are carried out in a single academic year. Classes are taught in English. The program is 60 credits, in which 18 subjects are developed in 4 main modules, making a total of 48.5 credits. The TFM, of 11.5 credits, will be carried out during the course as a project-based learning. This work will be defended by the students at the end of the corresponding course.

The equivalence of credits to teaching hours is 7.5 hours per credit.

The Master of Continuing Education in High Performance Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/RPAS) by the University of Huelva and the Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), has an eminently practical vocation, hence most of the subjects that make up its curriculum have a strong laboratory/field load.

The activities carried out in this Master’s Degree are face-to-face: classes, conferences, lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory and field practicals, visits to facilities, supported by a Learning Management System (LMS) such as Moodle

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.

Regarding the defence of the Master’s thesis during the year 2024/2025, the students have two open calls. In order to participate in one of these, a notice must be sent to the Secretary of the Master, Prof. Dr. Arturo Aquino (arturo.aquino@diesia.uhu.es), 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. 

The breakdown of the syllabus of the Master’s Degree in High Performance Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/RPAS) by the University of Huelva and the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) is as follows:

Subjects (1 classroom credit = 7,5 hours)​
Credits Hours
Module 1 – Fundamentals of UAS 6,4 48
1. Fundamentals of Atmosphere and Meteorology 1,6 12
2. The UAS System - General Overview 1,6 12
3. Energy and Propulsion 3,2 24
Module 2 – UAS Control 16,5 123,75
4. Flight Dynamics 3,7 27,75
5. Estimation and Navigation 3,2 24
6. Flight Control Systems 3,2 24
7. Rotary-wing UAS 3,2 24
8. High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) 1,6 12
9. Swarms and Cooperative Flight 1,6 12
Module 3 – UAS Systems 11,1 83.25
10. Avionics Systems for UAS 3,7 27,75
11. Communication Systems and Networks 2,1 15,75
12. Payloads and Anti-Drone Systems 3,7 27,75
13. Launch and Recovery Systems 1,6 12
Module 4 – UAS Operations 14,4 108
14. Integration of UAS into Airspace and ATC 2,7 20,25
15. Operations and Maintenance of Civil and Military UAS 2,1 15,75
16. Operations and Maintenance of Civil and Military UAS 1,6 12
17. Regulations, Qualification, and Certification of UAS 6,4 48
18. UAS-based Mobility 1,6 12
Master's Final Project 11,5 86,25

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.

Most of the Master’s degree is taught at the CEUS (INTA) facilities in the municipality of Moguer and at the Higher Technical School of the University of Huelva

The Master has a duration of 450 hours spread over approximately 9 months (from October to June of the following year). The course, which includes academic and practical activities at the University of Huelva and at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA), begins at the beginning of October and ends at the end of June of the following year. During the whole course, students will carry out the Master’s Final Project.

  • 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 6.000€, which can be paid in 2 instalments.

A maximum of 30 students are admitted to each edition of the Master in order to guarantee the quality of training and the individualised monitoring of each student.

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 and practical activities at the University of Huelva and at the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) begin at the beginning of October and finish at the end of June of the following year. During the whole course, students will carry out the Master’s Final Project.

  • Have a basic knowledge of atmosphere and meteorology.
  • Acquire knowledge of meteorology applied to aviation.
  • Be familiar with sources of information showing predictions of the behavior of the atmospheric environment, as well as the interpretation of the same.
  • Understand how an aircraft flies and how to interpret it.
  • To understand how a UAS flies, in all phases of flight.
  • Analyze the performance of the UAS.
  • Understand how a UAS is controlled.
  • Understand the control techniques and systems applicable to UAS.
  • Analyze the stability of the UAS.
  • Understand how the UAS responds to the actuation of control surfaces.
  • Analyze flight trajectories.
  • Analyze flight operations.
  • Understand the fundamentals of rotary wing UAS flight.
  • Understand the fundamentals of propulsive power generation in aircraft.
  • Understand the air navigation system.
  • Understand how the various navigation systems work.
  • Perform route planning.
  • To know the basic fundamentals of the electrical and electronic systems on board a UAS.
  • To understand the classification, typology, applications, industry and market of UAS.
  • To understand the fundamentals of batteries and supercapacitors.
  • To know the particularities of power plants for UAS.
  • To understand the rules and regulations for the integration of UAS in airspace.
  • To know the systems for the integration of UAS in airspace.
  • Understand the regulations and processes for UAS qualification and certification.
  • Understand the fundamentals of UAS design and manufacturing processes.
  • Understand UAS maintenance techniques and processes.
  • Understand advanced UAS applications.
  • To understand the instrumentation and data fusion techniques applicable to UAS.
  • To be familiar with modelling and simulation techniques applicable to UAS.
  • Knowledge of communication and network systems and their regulations.
  • Know and know how to on-board payloads applicable to UAS.
  • Have an overview of on-board perception systems in UAS, as well as artificial vision techniques for them of artificial vision techniques for their maximum exploitation.
  • Have an overview of the scientific, technological and commercial scope of UAS.
  • Have an overview of the employment opportunities in the UAS field.
  • Have an overview of the prospects for the development of UAS technologies and market.
  • Have an overview of the development prospects of UAS technologies and the UAS market.
  • To know and perform technical inspections with UAS.

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