18 months
21680 AUD/year
22800 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.

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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.

Career opportunities

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:

  • Astrobiology and the Origins of Life
  • 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
  • Major Project: Computational Astrophysics

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS Provider Code 00111D
  • A recognised Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 or 8 or equivalent) in a cognate discipline aligned to astronomy and/or astronomy-related fields, within:
  •  mathematical sciences,
  • physics and astronomy,
  •  earth sciences,
  •  computer science,
  •  information systems,
  • aerospace engineering and technology,
  •  radiology,
  •  optical science,
  •  radiography
  • other cognate disciplines assessed to be appropriate.
  • OR
  •  successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) or the Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21680 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21680 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    22800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22800 AUD per year during 18 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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