Master of Science (Astronomy)
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Online (Study Period 1, Study Period 3) - View application and start dates
A$23840 (annual for 2023)*
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Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
- 12 core units of study (150 credit points).
The Master of Science (Astronomy) consists of a total of 12 units (150 credit points total).
Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Science (Astronomy) is 75 credit points (normally six units)
Units of study
AST80004 Exploring Stars and the Milky Way
AST80006 Galaxies and their Place in the Universe
AST80011 Major Project: Computational Astrophysics *
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities and course aims and objectives.
Aims and objectives
- Interpret, analyse and evaluate credible resources to argue information, knowledge and critique on astronomy topics
- Judge and apply problem solving methodologies to synthesise solutions that assess information and technical skills in astronomy
- Apply and appraise communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of recent developments in astronomy
- Demonstrate and appraise skills and knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to astronomy
- Manage own time and work independently to design and construct a substantial research project work in astronomy
- Demonstrate communication and technical skills, either individually or working as an effective member in a team to interpret and discriminate complex ideas in astronomy to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Pathways and scholarships
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements.
• mathematical sciences,
• physics and astronomy,
• earth sciences,
• computer science,
• information systems,
• aerospace engineering and technology,
• optical science,
• other cognate disciplines assessed to be appropriate.
• successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) or the Graduate Diploma of Science
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.
The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements
English language requirements
Satisfactory completion of one of the following:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
- Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
- Or equivalent measures available at English language requirements.
How to apply
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Tel: +61 3 9214 8444 (outside Australia)