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Master of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Program Requirements

The Masters of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics requires completion of 96 units which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of 8000-level courses.

The 96 units must include:

18 units from completion of the following courses:

ASTR6002 - Galaxies and Cosmology (6 units)

ASTR6007 - Stars (6 units)

ASTR6013 - Astrophysical Processes (6 units)

6 units from completion of courses from the following lists:

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the Complementary Science list:

COMP6464 - High Performance Scientific Computing (6 units)

COMP6730 - Programming for Scientists (6 units)

COMP8300 - Parallel Systems (6 units)

COMP8410 - Data Mining (6 units)

COMP8600 - Statistical Machine Learning (6 units)

EMSC6022 - Planetary Science (6 units)

MATH6103 - Scientific and Industrial Modelling (6 units)

MATH6111 - Scientific Computing (6 units)

MATH6201 - Topics in Computational Mathematics (6 units)

MATH6202 - Theory of Partial Differential Equations (6 units)

PHYS6101 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics (6 units)

PHYS8015 - Photonics Laboratory (6 units)

PHYS8721 - Advanced Imaging Methods and Systems (6 units)

STAT6038 - Regression Modelling (6 units)

STAT6039 - Principles of Mathematical Statistics (6 units)

STAT7001 - Applied Statistics (6 units)

STAT7016 - Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the Astronomy & Astrophysics course list:

ASTR8002 - Astrophysical Gas Dynamics (6 units)

ASTR8003 - High Energy Astrophysics (6 units)

ASTR8004 - Astronomical Computing (6 units)

ASTR8005 - Stellar Atmospheres and Spectroscopy (6 units)

ASTR8006 - Galaxies (6 units)

ASTR8007 - Diffuse Matter in the Universe (6 units)

ASTR8008 - Star Formation (6 units)

ASTR8011 - Observational Techniques (6 units)

ASTR8016 - Optical Instrumentation (6 units)

A minimum of 12 units from completion of Science in Society Courses from the following list:

SCOM6015 - Speaking of Science (6 units)

SCOM6501 - Strategies in Science Communication (6 units)

SCOM8014 - Communicating Science with the Public (6 units)

SCOM6003 - Science in Popular Fiction (6 units)

VCPG6003 - Leadership and Influence in a Complex World (6 units)

SCNC8000 - Science Internship (6 units)

A minimum of 12 units from completion of:

ASTR8001 - Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Project (which can be taken as 6 or 12 units)

A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses from the Astronomy & Astrophysics list not previously taken

24 units from elective courses offered by ANU

Capstone Courses


Hurdle Requirements

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.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ASTR6007 Stars 6 units Complementary Science course list 6 units ASTR course list 6 units ANU elective 6 units
ASTR6002 Galaxies and Cosmology 6 units ASTR6013 Astrophysical Processes 6 units Science & Society course list 6 units ANU elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units ASTR course list 6 units ASTR course list 6 units ASTR course list 6 units ANU elective 6 units
ASTR8001 Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Project 6 to 24 units ASTR8001 Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Project 6 to 24 units Science & Society course list 6 units ANU elective 6 units

Admission Requirements

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 grade point average of at least 5.0/7.0
  •   with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline with a grade point average of at least 5.0/7.0. in these courses

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 5.0/7.0. 

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.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

Diversity factors

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:

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:

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.

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Computer Science, Earth & Marine Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy & Astrophysics

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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 in Astronomy & Astrophysics is a full-time two year program based upon 100% coursework. 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.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate high level knowledge in Astronomy & Astrophysics and relate it to a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts;

  2. Apply their knowledge in the discipline to new problems;

  3. Interpret, synthesise and critically analyse new published literature of relevance to Astronomy & Astrophysics;

  4. Demonstrate skills relevant to research methodology and techniques for Astronomy & Astrophysics;

  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of science in society;

  6. Clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats with university staff, peer students and the wider community on Astronomy & Astrophysics topics.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is currently not available for this program.

Academic Advice

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 6373

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

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science Enquiries at

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