About Us

"The Space Design Challenge is the most important thing I did in my schooling"  Marsha Long
"The past week has been the most amazing one of my life. I have learnt so much, from teamwork, my love and passion for my subject. This competition has allowed me to push myself and apply my previous knowledge from school to a more exciting and challenging medium. I don’t think I can possibly express how grateful I am... I will now aim to promote and encourage girls at my school to participate in such an incredible and rewarding experience, and hopefully inspire someone like it has inspired me." Saffron Zainchkovskaya


Compete in the Capital


Explore the Universities


Visit the museums


London at Night

Exciting Social Programme


About us

Our London space, engineering and business summer camp began as the result of a highly successful UK based competition called the UK Space Design Competition for secondary school students and the Galactic Challenge for younger students,  both of which have been established for 11 years. Inspiring young people in the areas of science technology, engineering and mathematics education is critical. Our programmes are held at Imperial College London in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and our staff are experts from industry and academia.

What is it?

Unique science, business and engineering instruction culminating in a two day challenge, patterned after the UKSDC,  designed as a simulation of life in industry competition.  Tour top UK universities and talk to admission officers.

Global Space Design Challenge is an intensive two-week residential programme for students from around the world.
It offers you the chance to learn from  teachers at Imperial College London and Industry Experts. Imperial College London is the only university in the UK to focus solely on science, engineering, medicine and business.

  • You will have the chance to take your subject knowledge to the next level through a challenging academic programme
  • You will experience a unique opportunity to learn design, presentation and communication skills in an industry setting
  • You will receive professional advice about applying for universities in the UK


Imperial College London South Kensington Campus. Exhibition Rd entrance (left), Albert Hall and Hyde Park (center) Royal School of Mines (right).

When is it?

July 09-20,  2022

2021 Online Programmes

General Information

Further Information about the Global Space Design Challenge

Blog for news about past events

Who is it for?

High achieving 14 and 18 year olds interested in science, space, engineering, business and attending top United Kingdom universities.


Applicants must have English speaking skills and be aged between 14 and 18.

 How to Apply

Due to the popularity of our programme, early registration is recommended.