Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced)

Our innovative Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced) program includes coursework and research. The coursework component may be tailored to your interests, and can include astrophysical techniques, astrophysical computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies, and cosmology. Many courses contain research or hands-on components that develop skills and knowledge in the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysicsthe field.

The research project provides the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics, from planetary science to cosmology, instrumentation to theory. Skills developed may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation.

Our optical observatory is the largest in the country, and we are also the only university in Australia with our own research-grade telescopes, which meansmeaning you’ll have more freedom in your research. Our exceptional facilities include the National Computational Infrastructure, the most powerful supercomputer in the southern hemisphere, and the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which designs, builds and tests world-leading instrumentation for astronomy and space science, including for the international Gemini Observatory.

You will be based at our Mount Stromlo Observatory, alongside researchers who have made major contributions to astronomy, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, studying dark matter in nearby galaxies, and discovering the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Our staff include winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Career opportunities

Studying astronomy and astrophysics at ANU, ranked the best university in Australia1, provides you with the opportunity to not only diversify your career options but also make international connections. Many of our graduates go on to do research in astronomy and astrophysics at some of the best institutions in Australia and overseas, including Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Cal-Tech, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and of course, ANU.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2017


Domestic students can apply for the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) Scholarship which provides a $10,000 stipend per annum.

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