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Searching for Explosive or Eruptive Variables in the SkyMapper Transient Survey Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
A high-altitude survey for nearby supernova Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Adaptive optics for free-space optical communications Instrumentation Summer scholar course
Adaptive optics for pushing space debris Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Adaptive optics for tracking space debris Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Analysis of 5-year sample DES sample of Type Ia supernovae: developing the next generation cosmology fitter Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours
Archaeology of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Atmospheric turbulence characterisation with Differential Image Motion Monitor Instrumentation Bachelor, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Biogenic elements in stars harbouring planets Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Building an observatory in virtual reality Instrumentation PhD / MPhil
Calibrating SkyMapper and the local density of white dwarfs Stellar and planetary astronomy, Galactic archaeology Masters and PhD / MPhil
Characterising biases in the Pantheon sample of Type Ia supernovae Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD / MPhil
Characterising target selection effects in stellar surveys Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Characterising the relationship between supernovae and its host through spectra Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters
Component Testing of Adaptive Optics Tracking and Pushing System Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Dark Matter, Positrons, and the Galactic Bulge Binary Population Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Efficient Coupling of Light into RHEA to search for Exoplanets Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Finding Young stars from their Chromospheric activity with the FunnelWeb survey Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Forming the Fuel for Star Formation Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Gas motions and excitation in edge-on barred galaxies Galactic archaeology Honours
High-altitude balloon experiment platform Instrumentation Summer scholar course
High-level control software for adaptive optics Instrumentation Bachelor, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
High-speed imaging in the near-infrared Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD / MPhil
Hot Spots in the Andromeda Galaxy Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
How does the Milky Way get new gas to continue its voracious habit of star formation? Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
How well we can weight the stars in distant galaxies from their observed light? Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Instrumentation for measuring dome turbulence Instrumentation PhD / MPhil
Investigating multiple populations in Globular clusters. Galactic archaeology Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Investigating the interaction between supermassive black holes and their host spiral galaxies Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Laser Guide Star for tracking space debris Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Local analogs for high-redshift galaxies in the GAMA Galaxy Survey Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Lucky imaging and adaptive optics for satellite imaging Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Magnetic field amplification in accretion discs - the disc dynamo Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Magnetic fields in the Magellanic System Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Magnetism in the Galactic Centre Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Mapping the Magellanic periphery Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Measuring the inclination of the Large Magellanic Cloud with the Dark Energy Camera Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Metal SLUG - Developing a tool for stochastic nucleosynthesis Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor and Masters
Modeling laser propagation in atmosphere for space debris tracking and pushing Instrumentation Bachelor, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Modelling the interstellar gas emission in galaxies Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Multiple Stellar Populations from a Single Galaxy Spectrum Galactic archaeology Honours
Observing HII region spectra in isolated dwarf irregular galaxies from the SIGRID sample Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD / MPhil
Optically-pumped semiconductor laser for sodium laser guide star adaptive optics applications in astronomy and space debris tracking/de-orbiting Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
OzDES SkyMapper observations for Reverberation Mapping Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Performance of the SkyMapper Supernovae Search Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Probing the lagging halo of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Quantifying the velocity structure in turbulent rotating molecular clouds Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Radio galaxy environments Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Radio Galaxy Zoo and supermassive black holes Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Radio spectra of galaxies undergoing feedback by relativistic jets Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Reconstructing the accretion history of Andromeda Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Red spirals - how star formation fades in galaxies like the Milky Way Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Searching for stellar streams in the outer Milky Way halo Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
SkyMapper Transient Survey Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Stellar magnetic fields and stellar spectra Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Studying the outer regions of dwarf galaxies Galactic archaeology Masters and PhD / MPhil
Supernova feedback and star formation Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
The FunnelWeb survey for the TESS mission Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Masters and PhD / MPhil
The Galactic Centre Gamma-Ray Excess: Signature of Dark Matter or Ancient Stars? Black hole phenomena, Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
The Initial Mass Function in the most extreme star-forming environments Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD / MPhil
The Kepler Extra-Galactic Survey - Supernovae, Black Holes, and Cosmology Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
The Kepler/K2 field: bridging stellar and Galactic astronomy Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
The Oldest Stars in the Universe Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
The origin of metal rich globular clusters Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours and Masters
The role of turbulence for the origin of stellar masses Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
The Stromlo Milky Way Satellite Survey: Satellite galaxies as probe of structure formation in our cosmic backyard Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
The world's largest turbulence simulations Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD / MPhil and Summer scholar course
Thick disks in other spiral galaxies Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD / MPhil
Tracing the evolutionary connection between the Milky Way Galaxy's stellar populations using fluorine Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Understanding the abundance spread in star clusters Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Masters and PhD / MPhil
Understanding the Milky Way’s giant radio lobes Black hole phenomena, Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
Unveiling the globular cluster system of Andromeda with the Hubble Space Telescope Galactic archaeology Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Unveiling the properties of galaxies in the young Universe with the world’s largest telescope Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Using THOR's Hammer to Measure the Temperature of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD / MPhil
What type of planets might we measure with the Giant Magellan Telescope? Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours and Masters