When it comes to technological advances, the sky is the limit.

We believe astronomy will continue to be the cornerstone of technological progress that includes GPS, medical imaging and wireless internet. That’s why we offer astronomy courses at Swinburne.

Astronomy courses are an opportunity to gain a modern understanding of this field that you can apply to a variety of career settings. We also provide practical skills in science communication and independent research.

Our Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is the largest astronomical research group in Victoria. We have been educating and entertaining audiences about astronomy since 1999 through our state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Theatre. We were also the first Australian university to have an agreement with the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii, guaranteeing access to the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes for up to 20 nights per year.

Our researchers foster extensive national and international networks and connections with industry, providing excellent opportunities for Swinburne students.

Researchers Jeremy Mould and Alan Duffy inside the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.

Research story


Researchers Jeremy Mould and Alan Duffy, pictured inside the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory, have joined an international hunt for dark matter. Understanding the nature of these particles would give scientists insights into one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries.

The Swinburne Advantage

We turn knowing into know-how.

We believe an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness.

Work Integrated Learning allows you to gain professional experience as part of your studies at Swinburne. It’s just a matter of choosing the opportunity that suits your future.

Choose from professional degrees, professional placements, professional internships, industry-linked projects, industry study tours and accreditation placements. There are also a range of other opportunities you can create.

You’ll build invaluable skills and confidence in knowing you have what it takes to land a job in your field by graduation.

We think it’s an approach that makes the adventure worth taking. See for yourself.
The Swinburne Advantage. Available to all new undergraduates.

Astronomy student Grace Lawrence is pictured.

Student story


Grace moved all the way from Far North Queensland to study the stars, but she says coming to Swinburne was an easy choice.

“It’s one of the best universities in Australia for astrophysics. They’ve got access to the Keck and Parkes telescopes and Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia.”

Swinburne's Green II supercomputer.

Supercomputing at Swinburne

Swinburne's supercomputers are proven research tools and the latest, Green II, comprises about 2000 Intel CPU cores and 200 NVIDIA GPUs.

Astronomy courses

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