Masters

The Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced) is a full-time two year program based upon 50% coursework and 50% research project. The coursework component may be tailored to a student’s needs, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. Many courses contain research or hands-on components that develop skills and knowledge in the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics. The research project provides the opportunity to enhance and develop detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics. The research component may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation.

The Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

  • 48 units from completion of the following coursework component:
    • A minimum of 24 units from completion of 8000-level courses in the subject area ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • A maximum of 24 units from completion of 6000-level courses in the subject area ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics.
    • A maximum of 18 units from completion of 6000-level or 8000-level courses from the following subject areas: EMSC Earth and Marine Science, PHYS Physics, MATH Mathematics, COMP Computer Science
  • 48 units from completion of ASTR8010 Astronomy Research Project,

ASTR8010 Astronomy Research Project must be taken four times, in consecutive semesters.

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 24 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue in the Master program.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 24 in the in the same teaching period in which the 24th unit is attempted, exactly 24 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from course in descending order of marks.

Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have approval of an identified supervisor will be transferred to the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Scholarships

Domestic applicants: a scholar that is an Australian citizen, New Zealand Citizen or an Australian permanent resident will be considered for the RSAA Masters (Advanced) Scholarship, which provides a $10,000 p.a. stipend over the two years of the program.

International applicants: there are NO scholarships available for successful international applicants. The indicative annual fee for the program in 2015 is A$24,782 or about A$50,000 for the completion of the 2-year degree. Living expenses in Canberra strongly depend on life style, but are typically between A$15-25,000 per annum for students living on ANU campus. The total cost for doing the MAA(Adv) degree at ANU is of the order of A$80,000-100,000 over two years.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree in a related discipline or international equivalent with the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a related discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a related discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 24 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue in the Master program.

How to apply

Projects

A list of potential research projects is available on the potential projects page.

Updated:  14 December 2017/Responsible Officer:  RSAA Director/Page Contact:  Webmaster