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Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy)

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

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  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
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    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 units

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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What you'll learn

About this course

In the Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) program offered through Open Universities Australia, you will gain an understanding of fundamental concepts and theories in astronomy. This graduate certificate will give you a thorough education in the solar system, dark matter, the birth, life and death of stars, and galaxies and galaxy formation.


To be eligible for this course you must have a tertiary qualification(s) from a recognised university or approved equivalent, or substantial relevant experience.

Areas of study

In this graduate certificate program, you will study your choice of four out of five units:

  • Exploring the solar system
  • Exploring stars and the Milky Way
  • Tools of modern astronomy
  • History of astronomy
  • Galaxies and their place in the universe
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) from Swinburne University of Technology.

This graduate certificate program in astronomy aims to develop your ability to communicate science knowledge to others. It is ideal for science educators, people working in astronomy-related fields, amateur astronomers and anyone with a love of astronomy. Upon completion of this graduate certificate course, you may be able to continue study and progress to the Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) or the Master of Science (Astronomy).

Curious about where a career in science could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Research Technician
  • Astronomer
  • Science Field Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

FEE-HELP available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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