single degree

Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced)

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

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

Discover key areas of modern astronomy and develop the physical concepts necessary for their exploration with the ANU Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

You will undertake coursework in areas such as astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, cosmology, astrophysical gas dynamics and high energy astrophysics.

At the same time you will undertake a two year-long research project supervised by an ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics academic.

You will develop your skills and knowledge in the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics with our world-leading academics. Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, won a Nobel prize for his research in astronomy and astrophysics.

Find out more about astronomy and astrophysics, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

 

 

Career Options

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.

Employment Opportunities

Many of our graduates go on to do research in astronomy and astrophysics at some of the best institutions in Australia and overseas, including Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Cal-Tech, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and of course, ANU.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge in their area of study;
  2. apply their knowledge in astronomy & astrophysics to new problems;
  3. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse new published literature of relevance to astronomy & astrophysics;
  4. demonstrate basic and complex analysis skills that are commonly used in astronomy & astrophysics research;
  5. perform telescope observations or create theoretical simulations, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
  6. present own research work to peers and research scientists;
  7. clearly communicate theory and results in both written and oral formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Cognate disciplines

Physics, Mathematics, Earth & Marine Sciences, Computer Science

Further Information

New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information:http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships/graduate-commonwealth-supported-places .

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here

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.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to identify a preferred project and contacted at least one potential supervisor before submitting an application. You can do this by visiting https://rsaa.anu.edu.au/study/potential-projects

The Research School of Astronomy is located on Mount Stromlo, which is not on the main ANU campus, and students should be aware that there is no public transport available

Admission Requirements

    A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0, with at least 8 courses in a cognate area.

    Cognate Disciplines

    Computer Science, Earth & Marine Sciences, Physics, Mathematics

    English Language Requirements

    All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

    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.

    Annual indicative fee for domestic students
    $30,720.00

    For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

    Annual indicative fee for international students
    $43,680.00

    Scholarships

    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.

    Program Requirements

    The Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

    48 units from completion of the following coursework component:

    A minimum of 24 units from completion of 8000-level courses in the subject area ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics

    A maximum of 24 units from completion of 6000-level courses in the subject area ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics

    A maximum of 18 units from completion of 6000-level or 8000-level courses from the following subject areas:

    EMSC Earth and Marine Science

    PHYS Physics

    MATH Mathematics

    COMP Computer Science

    48 units from completion of the following research component:

    48 units from completion of ASTR8010 Astronomy Research Project, which must be taken four times, in consecutive semesters.

    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 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 Graduate Diploma of Science.

    Study Options

    Year 1 ASTR8010 Astrophysics Research Project 6 to 24 units 8000 level ASTR course 6 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC/ PHYS/ MATH/ COMP/ ASTR 6 units
    ASTR8010 Astrophysics Research Project 6 to 24 units 8000 level ASTR course 6 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC/ PHYS/ MATH/ COMP/ ASTR 6 units
    Year 2 ASTR8010 Astrophysics Research Project 6 to 24 units 8000 level ASTR course 6 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC/ PHYS/ MATH/ COMP/ ASTR 6 units
    ASTR8010 Astrophysics Research Project 6 to 24 units 8000 level ASTR course 6 units 6000 or 8000 level EMSC/ PHYS/ MATH/ COMP/ ASTR 6 units

    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:

    Email: michael.ireland@anu.edu.au 

    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 studentsThese 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 science.enquiries@anu.edu.au 

    Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

    Contact A/Prof Michael Ireland at michael.ireland@anu.edu.au

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