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Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences)

Summary
Bachelor of Science Major Astronomical & Space Sciences (BSCI)

Study Mode
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

This new major will be offered from semester 1, 2018.

Start your journey supported by a world-class Astronomy and Space Science team 

Are you fascinated by the universe? Interested in science and the physics at work in the world around us? USQ’s Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences) combines the fascination of astronomy with the opportunity to develop in-demand expertise in physics, mathematics, statistics, computing and data science. 

You will learn from internationally recognised stellar astronomy and planetary systems experts and access USQ’s advanced research facilities, including Mount Kent Observatory, scientific computing software and support, and overseas telescopes available through USQ’s international collaborations in astrophysics. 

USQ is ranked above world standard in Astronomical and Space Sciences research (Excellence in Research for Australia report, 2015)

Experience world standard learning with the flexibility of studying externally either full or part-time. You will be supported by online classes, remote access to USQ facilities, and residential schools where appropriate.

Some of the exciting courses available are astronomy, physics, modern physics, astronomical techniques, optics, planetary & exoplanetary science, quantum mechanics, solar & stellar astronomy, photonics, and galactic & extragalactic astronomy. Complementary studies are also offered in areas such as mathematics, science, and computing.

Professional accreditation

USQ has designed this major to align with national and international standards and is seeking accreditation with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)
As a graduate you can apply your core scientific skills and related studies in maths and computing to a range of careers, within education, government or the private sector. You can also choose to take further studies at USQ to pursue a career in tertiary education or research.
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
plus 1 x 12-unit major 12

plus 1 x 8-unit major 
or 8 x electives

8
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 8710
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19060

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Recommended prior study: at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science21, or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 906665

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.