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Master of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • 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 the completion of 96 units, of which:

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

The 96 units must consist of:

A minimum of 72 units from completion of courses from the lists below:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ASTR6002 Galaxies and Cosmology (6 units)

ASTR6007 Stars (6 units)

ASTR6013 Astrophysical Processes (6 units)


A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses Astronomy & Astrophysics courses from the following list:

ASTR8004 Astronomical Computing (6 units)

ASTR8006 Galaxies (6 units)

ASTR8011 Observational Techniques (6 units)

ASTR8016 Optical Instrumentation (6 units)

ASTR8020 Diffuse Matter and Star Formation (6 units)

ASTR8021 Astrophysical Processes II (6 units)

ASTR8022 Stars II and Exoplanets (6 units)


A maximum of 6 units from completion of Complementary Science courses from the following 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 minimum of 12 units from completion of Science and Society Courses from the following list:

SCOM6003 Science in Popular Fiction (6 units)

SCOM6015 Speaking of Science (6 units)

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication (6 units)

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public (6 units)

SCNC8000 Science Internship (6 units)

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World (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 as one project or multiple projects)


A maximum of 24 units from elective courses offered by ANU



Capstone Courses

[ASTR8001]

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 minimum GPA of at least 5.0/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
  • with a minimum of 2 courses of undergraduate second year Physics; and a minimum of 1 course of undergraduate second year Mathematics.

The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate discipline. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.


Cognate disciplines:

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

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: 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.


Applications for course credit

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.

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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$49,330.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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.

Other Requirements

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

Further Information

Potential pathway to Masters (Advanced)

Students who are admitted to this program of study can explore the option of undertaking a significant research component. Please discuss this with the program convener before completion of the first 24 units of study at the Master level. Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Science (Adv) In Astronomy & Astrophysics (Adv) and undertaking a 48 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • have completed the coursework component required in the first 24 units of the Master of Science (Adv) in Astronomy & Astrophysics,
  • achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 24 units of coursework,
  • have the approval of an identified supervisor, and
  • meet the published admission requirements of the Master of Science (Adv) in Astronomy & Astrophysics


Vertical Double Degree pathway UGRD-PGRD:

This program is part of the Vertical Double Degree pathway structure offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine. The Vertical Double Degree pathway presents students with the opportunity to complete a 3-year single undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science or the College of Health and Medicine with a cognate 2-year Masters degree in 4 years (full-time) instead of 5 years (full-time). Not all undergraduate and Masters programs are offered as a Vertical Double Degree pathway. For more information on applicable combinations, benefits and how to apply, eligibility and conditions please visit https://science.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees or https://health.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees

Students who are interested in pursuing a Vertical Double Degree pathway with this program, are advised to contact the College of Science Student Services Office at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au and seek academic advice. Students who are already in an undergraduate degree offered by the College of Science or College of Health & Medicine should seek academic advice before completion of the first 72 units of their undergraduate studies.

This pathway is not available to students in an undergraduate Flexible Double Degree.


Exit pathways:

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.


Course offered by the College of Science and College of Health and Medicine:

An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine can be found under current students page on the College website via this link.

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: christian.wolf@anu.edu.au 

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 science.enquiries@anu.edu.au

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science Enquiries at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au


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