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.
One of the only universities in Australia offering this program
2 years full time
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Study full time or part time
Prior learning recognised
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.