A satellite at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement(Advanced option available)


Technology is advancing more and more everyday, and this program will prepare you to be at the forefront of the technology revolution. Learn how technology works, how to advance it and how to measure it all. Be at the frontier of the development of new and more precise instrumentation and devices with the Master of Science (MSc) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement.

With a combination of contemporary and classic knowledge and techniques, you will be working across three research schools – Physics and Engineering, Earth Sciences and Astronomy and Astrophysics, giving you the flexibility to specialise in your area of interest.

ANU scientists have designed and developed instrumentation for the Nobel-prize winning discovery of gravitational waves, and this facility is just one of many that you will have access to during your studies.

Program details

Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement

The Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation & Measurement is a mix of coursework and projects, both individual research as well as group-based. You can study topics such as noise and measurement, photonic sensing systems, electronics and data analysis, scientific computing, leadership and influence, unravelling complexity, innovation, and science public policy.

Through this program you will also develop a critical understanding of the role of Science in Society, a vital skill that will enable you to identify, communicate and respond to societal needs and global challenges.

Advanced program

The Advanced program provides you with the opportunity to extend your practical, coursework experience in precision instrumentation and measurement with the development and implementation of a research projects supervised by an academic. You will be required to develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and completion of a dissertation. It is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU. A Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement can also lead to a PhD.

Learning experience

Wombat XL space simulator

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

Access the $30-million AITC, a world-class facility for the assembly, integration and testing of space-based instruments and small satellites.

The Uppsala-Schmidt Telescope at Mount Stromlo

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Work in a world-respected community of researchers who have made major contributions to astronomy. Map the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discover planets orbiting other stars, and study dark matter in nearby galaxies.

Meet your teachers

Dr Robert Ward

Dr Robert Ward

Robert's research is primarily on interferometry development for precision measurement related to gravitational wave detection, such as the development of squeezed light sources and low-frequency gravitational force sensors, as well as commissioning of the Advanced LIGO interferometers.


Pursue a career at the forefront of precision instrumentation. A masters degree specialising in precision instrumentation and measurement will enhance your engineering and scientific skills to develop the instrumentation technologies that underpin the advancement of science and industry. ANU has a strong pedigree in the development of new scientific instrumentation, and our graduates are highly sought-after and go on to find interesting careers in a range of areas. A Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement can also lead to a PhD.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Gather supporting documents

If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.

You can still apply before you complete your Bachelor Degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.

Submit an application

You will need to submit your application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Receive an offer

All offers are made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Postgraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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