These postgraduate courses in Science (Astronomy) concentrate on the fundamental concepts of and key issues in contemporary astronomy. The courses are designed for science educators and communicators, people working in astronomy related fields, amateur astronomers, and anyone with a love of astronomy, and concentrates on building your skills in communicating science knowledge to others.
The introductory-level units require no background mathematical knowledge and instead focus on a conceptual approach to astronomy. However, some of the more advanced-level units have prerequisites and assume knowledge of introductory tertiary level mathematics and physics.
Students who complete this science course will have an understanding of the fundamental concepts of and key issues in contemporary astronomy. The course will be of value to science educators and others working in science and astronomy related fields. It should be noted that postgraduate coursework degrees in astronomy are not professional qualifications.
Tertiary qualification(s) from a recognised university or approved equivalent.
Non-graduate applicants with substantial relevant experience may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate. To progress to the Graduate Diploma, these students must obtain at least a credit average (>65%) in the Graduate Certificate, subject to approval of the course coordinator.
English Language Requirement
International students require an IELTS of 7.
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This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Swinburne University before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Science are due 2 weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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Custom-made course material is delivered online with accompanying downloadable PDF files. The course material includes animations and applets, as well as links to a unique set of astronomical resources. Students are not required to have access to a telescope for any units.
To qualify for the award of Master of Science (Astronomy) students must complete 12 units.
The course is nested, incorporating a Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) of 4 units and a Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) of 8 units.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Swinburne University RPL Higher Education policy applies and will be granted subject to approval of the Course Coordinator.
Recommended Study Pattern
Master of Science (Astronomy) students must complete three core units plus at least one major project unit and select eight electives from the list below.
There is no specific recommended study sequence; however, some units have prerequisites that need to be met. Students may choose to work their way through the nested course or enrol directly into the Masters.
Several elective units in the Graduate Diploma and Master of Science 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.
Students without university level mathematics and physics who wish to complete the advanced units must complete MAS120 Applied Mathematics and SCI16 Introduction to Physics (or their equivalent) as non-award units before beginning the Graduate Diploma and Masters units.
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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