Undergraduate research

The RSAA offers a number of programs that provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain research experience at a working astronomical observatory while they study.


The RSAA PhD program offers students participation in a world-class research training program. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and to the expertise of RSAA's world-class astronomers.


The RSAA Honours course is designed as a preparation for PhD research in astrophysics. Any student completing the course will be in an excellent position to continue to astrophysical research at any Australian university, or overseas.

Professional training

The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at Mt Stromlo Observatory will, from time to time, offer courses to engineers, technicians and academic staff.


The RSAA Masters Program provides an intensive introduction to astrophysical research. Subject areas covered include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology.

Work experience

The observatory offers a limited number of work experience places to high school students each year.

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