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Exploring Stars and the Milky Way

Postgraduate | SWI-AST80004 | 2024

Revolve around the Milky Way and classify stars. Illuminate stellar lifecycles from the birth of dazzling white dwarfs to fading red giants. Get deeply topical. Discuss dark matter and raise awareness of modern theory. Map out an astronomical topic. 

Study method
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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024

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Exploring Stars and the Milky Way

About this subject

  • Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

    1. Identify the way stars are classified and recognise the approaches used to discover their properties
    2. Explain and summarise the principles involved in the life cycle of stars, from protostar to stellar remnants
    3. Appraise and state the basic principles and concepts about our Galaxy and its constituents (stars, protostars, stellar remnants, gas clouds, dark matter) in a non- technical way understandable to the wider public
    4. Judge the limits of our understanding of our place in the Galaxy, and interpret the role of dark matter in modern astronomical theories
    5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in stellar astronomy
    6. Design and create an essay on an astronomy topic, assessing and critiquing current knowledge, using credible sources of astronomical information and research articles

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • SWI-AST-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy)


  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2024 - Postgraduate Single Subjects

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-HET603 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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