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In the Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) program offered through Open Universities Australia, you will gain an education in fundamental concepts and theories in astronomy. This graduate diploma will give you advanced education in the solar system, dark matter, the birth, life and death of stars, and galaxies and galaxy formation.
Several elective units in this graduate diploma program have prerequisites of university level 1 mathematics and physics. Students without university level mathematics and physics may apply for the Graduate Certificate in Science, as units in this award do not have any prerequisites. Alternatively, you may complete introductory tertiary units in mathematics and physics as non-award units before beginning the graduate diploma.
Open Universities courses are offered in specific study intakes every year, known as Study Periods or Sessions. This means more flexibility as you can choose when to start studying.
If you are studying undergraduate units you can start at the beginning of any of the four Study Periods each year, each lasting 13 weeks. Most postgraduate courses are offered in three Sessions per year, with each Session lasting 14 weeks.
Exams are usually held in the week following the end of each Study Period or Session.
In this graduate astronomy program, you will study:
Three required units:
And your choice of five out of 14 elective units:
If you choose not to study the entire Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) program you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or prefer not to commit to the whole study period.
Depending on the units studied, you can exit with a Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy).
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This graduate diploma program in astronomy aims to develop your communication skills and ability to transfer your 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. With the education and training you receive in this course, you will learn to be an effective teacher and communicator of science and astronomy.
Upon completion of this graduate diploma course, you may be able to progress to the Master of Science (Astronomy) program.
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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).Find out more about government study loans here.
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