Discover everything there is to know about extra-terrestrial planets, solar systems, galaxies, the universe and beyond at some the world’s most advanced space facilities.
With the advent of the Australian Space Agency, there has never been a better time to master astronomy and astrophysics. At Australia's national university, you can develop your skills and knowledge through hands-on activities at world-class facilities including telescopes at Siding Spring Observatory and Mount Stromlo’s Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre.
You will learn from world-leading academics at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, like our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt who won a Nobel prize for his research in astronomy and astrophysics. Your teachers also collaborate with industry to develop new space technology like nano-satellites and powerful lasers that can move space junk.
#1 in Australia for Physics and Astronomy (QS 2020)
Coursework that you complete will cover a broad range of areas including astrophysical techniques and computing, planetary science, stellar astrophysics, galaxies and cosmology. Some of these courses will provide opportunities to contribute to research by analysing telescope data, developing theoretical models, or testing of new astronomical instrumentation.
You will also gain industry-ready skills such as project management, computer programming, science communication and problem solving through the completion of courses from a range of related disciplines.
The Master of Science (Advanced) in Astronomy & Astrophysics program provides you with the opportunity to extend your practical and coursework experience with the development and implementation of a research project supervised by an academic. This is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU and pursue a career in research.
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.
Associate Professor Christoph Federrath
Christoph's research focuses on understanding the formation of stars in the Universe by developing theoretical models and supercomputer simulations of molecular clouds, the birthplaces of stars. This involves the physics of turbulence, gravity, magnetic fields, radiation, stellar feedback and chemical evolution.
Astronomy & Astrophysics careers
Studying at the best university in Australia for astronomy and astrophysics (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 Grumman, Boeing, and national space agencies.
The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.
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.