2023-2024 / SPAT0074-1

Internship complement


40h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Michaël De Becker

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

All year long


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This learning unit is designed for students who want to complement their programme with elements accessible out of the local academic framework. In particular, it consists of an opportunity to credit the participation to external activities, provided it is consistent with the Professional focus of the Master in Space Sciences.
This external activity can for instance consist of:

  • a practical activity organized as a follow-up of another course of the Professional focus
  • the participation in a conference or congress about a thematic approved by the titular
  • the participation in course series organized by the European Space Agency
  • a brief internship in a professional context different from that of the mandatory internship and from that of the Master thesis
  • ...
In any case, the student wiil have to define an activity in agreement with the coordinator of this internship complement.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The learning outcomes targetted by this learning unit consist in:

  • enhancing of the practical dimension of the education programme.
  • getting familiar with an environment different from the classical academic framework.
  • developing the contact of students with professionals to stimulate their employment prospects.
It must be clarified that more specific learning outcomes are likely to be gained as a function of the nature of the activity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

No particular prerequisite.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The learning activities depend on the content of the internship, defined in consultation with the coordinator.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

This learning unit relies on the active participation of the student in activities with the agreement of the titular. The Agreement between the student and the titular is defined in advance and the student must comply with it. The active presence of the student is mandatory for all activities included in the Agreement.

Recommended or required readings

No lecture notes.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation relies on three elements:

  • A declaration of intent presented as a text of 800-1000 words: 15%
  • A report of about 5000-6000 words transmitted to the titular, complying with the content of the Agreement: 60%
  • An oral presentation of 20 minutes (followed by a short discussion) allowing the student to valorize some aspects of her/his work: 25%

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The student is supposed, along the academic year, to

  • propose an activity to be valorized in the framework of this learning activity,
  • assess the feasibility,
  • find an alternative in case the primary activity is compromised,
  • prepare the declaration of intent once the activity is defined,
  • comply with the organizational constraints of the place hosting the activity,
  • write the activity report, and transmit it to the titular,
  • prepare the oral presentation,
  • finally, present and defend orally the work.


Michaël De Becker
Phone: 04/3669717
E-mail: Michael.DeBecker@uliege.be
Office: Institut d'Astrophysique et Géophysique, Building B5c, 1st floor, office 1/8

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