Science (Astronomy)

Swinburne University of Technology

Master Online
18 months
21280 AUD/year
21280 AUD/year
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The Master of Science (Astronomy) from the Swinburne University of Technology covers the fundamental concepts and ‘big questions’ of modern astronomy. It equips students with an overall understanding of modern astronomy, rather than training as a professional astronomer.


Course description

The Master of Science (Astronomy) from the Swinburne University of Technology is an online course and is part of a nested suite of programs, which includes the Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) and a Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy), with different entry and exit points depending upon previous academic studies. It comprises 12 units of study completed fully online, including opportunities for major project work. The Master of Science (Astronomy) qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts related to contemporary astronomy. The course provides individuals with the requisite academic knowledge, science communication and independent research project skills across an extensive range of astronomy and astronomy-related fields for professional practice or scholarship, and as a pathway for further learning. Many graduates use this qualification to begin or enhance opportunities in teaching, working in observatories, science centres and museums, and science/astronomy education, public outreach and communication positions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Astrophotography and CCD Imaging 
  • Cosmology and the Large Scale Structure of the Universe  
  • Exploring Stars and the Milky Way 
  • Exploring the Solar System 
  • Galaxies and their Place in the Universe 
  • Planetary Science  
  • Stellar Astrophysics 
  • Tools of Modern Astronomy 
  • Major Project: Observational Astronomy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




150 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Provider Code 00111D

  • A recognised Bachelor degree, or higher, in a cognate discipline aligned to astronomy or related fields. Some examples include aerospace engineering and technology, computer science, earth sciences, information systems, mathematical sciences, optical science, physics and astronomy, radiography, radiology or
  • For applicants who have a recognised Bachelor degree not aligned to astronomy or related fields, application can be made to enter the Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) or
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) or the Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21280 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21280 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    21280 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21280 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.


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Science (Astronomy)
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