• Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christian Wolf
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course is offered as part of the new Master of Astronomy and
Astrophysics (Advanced) program and covers four main topics. (1)
Fundamentals of relativistic astrophysics (2) Black holes (2) Theoretical
Cosmology (3) Observational Cosmology.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of this course students will have developed substantial skills in the
following areas:

  1. Apply the concepts of general relativity and quantum mechanics to the study of white dwarf, neutron stars and black holes;
  2. efficiently utilise tensor calculus and general relativity in the study of compact objects and cosmology;
  3. understand concepts and solve problems in compact star research and physical cosmology;
  4. understand and apply the mathematical and physical basis for modern cosmology;
  5. understand how the tools of observational astronomy are utilised to understand the evolution of the Universe;
  6. use computational and statistical tools to solve problems;
  7. understand current research through reading of professional articles and articles written for the general public;
  8. write reports on current areas of astrophysical research;
  9. effectively communicate orally involving the presentation of complex astrophysical concepts to peers.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 8 x assignments worth a total of 75% related to the course content (learning outcomes 1-6).
  2. Written report (2500 word limit) worth 15% (Learning outcomes 7 and 8.)
  3. Oral presentation chosen from a list of topics covered by the ASTR3002 course and provided by the course lecturers. Worth 10% (Learning outcome 9.)
Compared to ASTR3002, items 2 and 3, the report and oral presentation comprise
additional work. 

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10 hours per week consisting of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials, 6 hours of work on
assignments and the preparation of a written report and seminar.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in physics or mathematics with
relevant experience or academic achievement.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9890 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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