- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
The Masters of Science (Advanced) in Astronomy & Astrophysics requires completion of 96 units which must consist of:
48 units from completion of coursework
48 units from completion of the research project
The 96 units must include:
12 units from completion of Science and Society Courses from the following list:
SCOM6015 - Speaking of Science
SCOM6501 - Strategies in Science Communication
SCOM8014 - Communicating Science with the Public
SCOM6003 - Science in Popular Fiction
VCPG6003 - Leadership and Influence in a Complex World
SCNC8000 - Science Internship
A minimum of 30 units from completion 6000-8000 level courses in the subject area ASTR Astronomy & Astrophysics which must include:
12 units from completion of courses from the following list:
ASTR6002 - Galaxies and Cosmology
ASTR6007 - Stars
18 units from completion of 6000-8000 level courses in the subject area ASTR Astronomy & Astrophysics
A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the complementary science list:
COMP6464 - High Performance Scientific Computing
COMP6730 - Programming for Scientists
COMP8300 - Parallel Systems
COMP8410 - Data Mining
COMP8600 - Statistical Machine Learning
EMSC6022 - Planetary Science
MATH6103 - Scientific and Industrial Modelling
MATH6111 - Scientific Computing
MATH6201 - Topics in Computational Mathematics
MATH6202 - Theory of Partial Differential Equations
MATH6210 - Data Mining
PHYS6101 - Advanced Quantum Mmechanics
PHYS8015 - Photonics Laboratory
PHYS8510 - Lasers and Photonics
PHYS8721 - Advanced Imaging Methods and Systems
STAT6038 - Regression Modelling
STAT6039 - Principles of Mathematical Statistics
STAT7001 - Applied Statistics
STAT7016 - Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis
48 units from completion of Research and Research Methodology Courses from the following list:
ASTR8010: Astrophysics Research Project (48 units) which must be undertaken three times, in consecutive periods
Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 24 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue in the Master of Science (Advanced) program.
If the total number of units attempted exceeds 24 in the in the same teaching period in which the 24th unit is attempted, exactly 24 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from course in descending order of marks.
Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have approval of an identified supervisor will be transferred to the Master of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Masters (Advanced) program that meets this requirement through the substantial research-based project
Master Research Training
A student enrolled in the MScAA(Adv) program will take the ASTR8010, Astrophysics Research Project, course three times throughout the degree. This corresponds to 48 units of research training. The research component provides the opportunity to enhance and develop detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy and astrophysics. It may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation.
ASTR8010 - Astrophysics Research Project 001
Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 96 units attempted to commence the 24 units of Masters courses in their Bachelor degree. Students who do not achieve this GPA will be able to complete and graduate from their Bachelor degree but will not be able to undertake Masters courses. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 96 in the same teaching period in which the 96th unit is attempted, all courses attempted will be used in the calculation of the GPA
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.
Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0.
- with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline with a grade point average of at least 5.5/7.0 in these courses.
- completion of ASTR3005 Astrophysics Research Topic or equivalent.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
Academic achievement & English language proficiency
The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0.
However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.
If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:
• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.
Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.
As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.
Assessment of qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.
Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Computer Science, Earth & Marine Sciences, Physics, Mathematics
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Master of Science (Advanced) in Astronomy & Astrophysics is a full-time two year program based upon 50% coursework and 50% research. The coursework may be tailored to a student’s needs, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, cosmology, and courses from cognate disciplines. Many courses contain research or hands-on components that develop skills and knowledge in the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics. They also offer training in areas highly relevant outside of academia, e.g. project management, computer programing, and problem solving skills. Some of the courses may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation.
Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.
The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.
This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2020
Demonstrate high level knowledge in Astronomy & Astrophysics and relate it to a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts;
Apply their knowledge in the discipline to new problems;
Interpret, synthesise and critically analyse new published literature of relevance to Astronomy & Astrophysics;
Demonstrate skills relevant to research methodology and techniques for Astronomy & Astrophysics;
Critically analyse data within the discipline to reach independent conclusions;
Perform telescope observations or theoretical calculations, or construct astronomical instrumentation; interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
Demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society
Clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Astronomy & Astrophysics topics.
Masters (Advanced) program that meets this requirement through the substantial research-based project
Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.
The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).
Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.
To book an appointment you can:
Phone: 02 6125 02888
Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.
Further enrolment information can also be found here.
An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.
Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.
If you have any issues
enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email
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