Introduction to Astronomy
Explore your fascination with the solar system and study the stars.
Start with an introductory level subject and there’s no need to worry about complex maths. Then you can delve into cosmology, astrobiology, planetary science, astrophotography and stellar astrophysics.
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Online astronomy degrees
Explore our solar system and our place in the universe
Focus on a conceptual approach to astronomy and the 'big questions' without needing a mathematical background. Graduates find opportunities working in observatories, science centres and museums, science and astronomy education and public outreach.
6 months full time or part time equivalent
Explore the science and business of the space sector
Gain an overview of the challenges and opportunities of space. You’ll start with space science and exploration. Then, examine technical and strategic aspects of the growing industry. Deepen your knowledge of space or prepare for a career in the sector.
1 year full time or part time equivalent
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Why study astronomy online?
Studying online means that you can engage with astronomy as a passion or as a career progression.
- Engage with one of the oldest of the natural sciences
- Enter an exciting field in which Australia is a global leader.
- Explore historical, social and cultural contexts.
- Science communication.
- Research and evaluation.
- Scientific discovery and theory formation.
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