Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy)

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 8 units
Start date: Anytime – start today!
Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology

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About this course

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.

Eligibility

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.

Study periods

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.

Areas of study

In this graduate astronomy program, you will study:

Three required units:

  • Exploring the solar system
  • Exploring stars and the Milky Way
  • Galaxies and their place in the universe

And your choice of five out of 14 elective units:

  • Tools of modern astronomy
  • History of astronomy
  • Introductory radio astronomy and SETI
  • Astrophotography and CCD imaging
  • Studies in space exploration
  • Stellar astrophysics
  • Major project – history of astronomy
  • Introduction to particle physics and high energy astrophysics
  • Major project – observational astronomy
  • Major project – computational astrophysics
  • Astrobiology and the origins of life
  • Major project – astronomy and astrophysics
  • Planetary science
  • Cosmology and the large-scale structure of the universe

Shorter programs

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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How will this course advance my career?

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.

How else will I benefit from this graduate diploma?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) from Swinburne University, as if you had studied on campus.
  • Flexible study: studying by correspondence means you study on your terms – at a time and place that suits you.
  • Government financial support available through FEE-HELP.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.

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Finance Options

FEE-HELP is available.

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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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