Competences and employment

The objectives of this Master's degree are to provide graduates with a high level of knowledge and competence in physiology and space medicine. Specifically, the objectives of this Master's degree are (a) to train future researchers; (b) to train doctors and scientists who will be involved in medical aptitude to space flight and extreme environments; (c) to educate top skilled engineers who will be able to design, optimize, operate, and validate life support devices.

More specifically the competencies and learning outcoumes acquired with SpaceMed will be:
  • Advanced knowledge on:

- function and morphology of physiological systems most affected by spaceflight and exposure to extreme environments, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous (central, peripheral, autonomic), renal, metabolic, musculoskeletal systems;

- interaction of physiological systems, which yields integrated responses to challenges such as exercise, hypoactivity, hypoxia, hypo/hypercapnia, hypo/hyperbaric conditions, hypo/hyperthermia, hypo/hypergravity, radiation, isolation, confinement, stress, parabolic flight, and space flight;

- adaptation and acclimatization of physiological systems to different environmental conditions;

- functional and morphological limitations of each system;

- efficacy of countermeasures in preventing or mitigating the challenges posed by spaceflight and exposure to extreme environments;

- ground-based analogues of spaceflight, Mars and the Moon (bed rest, dry immersion, planet-like environments), particularly their benefits and limitations;

- Space Ergonomics, including human-robot interaction;

- data analysis, statistics, numerical and laboratory modelling techniques;

- ethics in research, especially regulations regarding research with human participants;

- cooperation with administrations and private companies.

  • New skills enabling the student to:

- use complex equipment to record human physiological data and responses to experimental stimuli;

- use advanced analysis tools in the time and frequency domains to provide operational and design values for these.

- apply theoretical and factual knowledge of human physiology to analyse, interpret and communicate experimental physiological data;

- apply experimental design skills to understanding population responses and interpreting quantitative data;

- explain physiological processes accurately and concisely in scientific journal-style format and orally, using relevant scientific terminology and nomenclature;

- write scientific/projects reports and publish them for targeted audiences;

- organize and/or help in organizing conferences and/or workshops;

- design and implement a project.

  • Competences to:   

- use their knowledge to convey key subject matter both in writing and orally;

- use their knowledge to exchange ideas and experiences with others with a background within the subject area;

- work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment;

- manage complex technical activities or project, taking responsibility for decision-making in unpredictable contexts;

- demonstrate initiative, personal responsibility, respect for others, accountability, integrity and be  aware of the expectations of a professional working environment

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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