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Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics(Advanced)

Study Astronomy & Astrophysics at ANU

Discover everything there is to know about galaxies, cosmos, the universe and beyond. Use a combination of classic and modern research techniques to lay the groundwork for the concepts needed for the exploration of space.

Coursework will include key areas such as cosmology, astrophysics, gas dynamics and robotics. Many of the courses incorporate hands-on and field-based activities between our two campuses: Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatory.

You will also undertake a research project supervised by an ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics academic.

You will develop your skills and knowledge in the latest advances in astronomy and astrophysics with our world-leading academics and unique facilities.

What you'll learn

The Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) offers a variety of courses covering astronomy and astrophysics, earth and marine science, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

This two year degree program balances coursework studies alongside a significant research project supervised by an academic, and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD. The research project gives you the opportunity to enhance and develop detailed knowledge and skills in a specific area of astronomy or astrophysics. It may include the acquisition and analysis of telescope data, the development of theoretical models, or the development and testing of new astronomical instrumentation. 

What it's like to study Astronomy & Astrophysics

Indigenous Astronomer: Karlie Noon

Meet Astronomy and Astrophysics student Karlie Noon

“I get to look at galaxies, learn about how stars are formed and look at amazing images of pretty space stuff. It's also incredibly challenging which is fun.”

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.

Donghee Nam

Stars are born at ANU

Masters student Donghee shares his experiences of researching star formation.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of your teachers

Dr Christian Wolf

Dr Christian Wolf

Christian's research areas are in wide-field sky surveys, object classification and photometric redshift estimation, galaxy evolution through cosmic epochs and via environmental influence, supernovae and GRBs.

Astronomy & Astrophysics careers

Studying at the best astronomy and astrophysics university in Australia (QS 2020), 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:

  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • UC Berkeley
  • Cal-Tech
  • MIT
  • Cambridge
  • Oxford
  • Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
  • Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
  • The Australian National University.

This program also prepares you for a career as a data scientist. These jobs are in high demand from tech companies like Google, Apple, and Netflix, to airlines or banking. You can also find positions with space and defence companies like Lockheed Martin, Northrup Gruman, Boeing, and national space agencies.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

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

Scholarships: Scholarships

The RSAA Masters (Advanced) Scholarship provides a $10,000 p.a. stipend over the two years.

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Learn about different areas of Astronomy & Astrophysics and their applications, examples of careers and employment trends, as well as an overview of studying the Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced) at the Australian National University.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check domestic admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission 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

Start your application on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

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

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission 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

Start your application on the ANU Admissions website.

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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