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Master of Astronomy

Astronomy / November 26, 2016

The Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced) is a full-time two year program based upon 50% coursework and 50% research project. The coursework component may be tailored to a student’s needs, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. Many courses contain research or hands-on components that develop skills and knowledge in the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics. The research project provides the opportunity to enhance and develop detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics. The research component may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge in their area of study;
  2. apply their knowledge in astronomy & astrophysics to new problems;
  3. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse new published literature of relevance to astronomy & astrophysics;
  4. demonstrate basic and complex analysis skills that are commonly used in astronomy & astrophysics research;
  5. perform telescope observations or create theoretical simulations, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
  6. present own research work to peers and research scientists;
  7. clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Cognate disciplines

Physics, Mathematics, Earth & Marine Sciences, Computer Science

Further Information

New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: .

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.