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Galaxies and their Place in the Universe

Postgraduate | SWI-AST80006 | 2024

Gravitate towards galaxies and reveal the theory of dark matter. Chart the universe in depth and navigate structures from dwarf stars to voids. Discover the gravity of galactic clusters. Unearth how first galaxies are formed, evolve and change. 

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Enrol by
18 Aug 2024
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
26 Aug 2024

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Galaxies and their Place in the Universe

About this subject

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

    1. Identify the “big questions” in galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and recognise the current state of our knowledge on these questions
    2. Explain and summarise the concepts of galaxy formation and evolution
    3. Distinguish the way galaxies are classified and differentiate the approaches used to discover their properties
    4. Appraise and state the basic principles and concepts about our and other galaxies, their properties and their constituents in a non-technical way understandable to the wider public
    5. Use problem solving skills to explain and synthesise solutions to problems in galactic and extragalactic  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-HET624 (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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