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Science (Astronomy), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Online
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.
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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 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    150 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • 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)

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • National

    20680 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20680 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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International fee- A$2585 per unit


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