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Master of Science (Astronomy)

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

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  • Duration:

    12 units

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Master of Science (Astronomy) program through Open Universities Australia offers those with a fascination with the workings of the universe an opportunity to gain an in-depth education in key concepts and theories in astronomy. In this postgraduate science course, you will learn about the solar system, dark matter, the birth, life and death of stars, and galaxies and galaxy formation.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Master of Science (Astronomy) degree 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 either a Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) or Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy).


Several elective units in this master's degree 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 tertiary units in mathematics and physics as non-award units before beginning the master's program.

Areas of study

In this master's degree, you will study:

Three required units:

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

And one out of four optional units:

  • Major project - history of astronomy
  • Major project - observational astronomy
  • Major project - computational astrophysics
  • Major project - astronomy and astrophysics

As well as eight 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
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 Master of Science (Astronomy) from Swinburne University of Technology.

This master's degree program in astronomy focuses on developing your ability to communicate science knowledge. This course 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, you will be able to effectively communicate your knowledge and love of astronomy to others.

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 is 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).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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