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Master of Science Specialisation Astrophysics (MSCN)
  • CRICOS: 078596M

Study Mode
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

  • 2 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • -

Specialisation only available to external students and therefore not suitable for international students who wish to study on-campus.
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Join a world-class Astronomy research team

Let USQ’s Master of Science (Astrophysics) give you the professional knowledge and skills in the science of astronomy.

This degree combines coursework and research giving you the opportunity to further develop your skills with four units of research. Designed for those already in an educational or science communication career, you will undertake a professional development component in science, as well as gain a specialist foundation relevant for further research.

You will have the opportunity to decide between two different pathways of study in your masters degree:

  • Research Project track — the Research Project track equips you with research skills and allows you to develop a research thesis through a project in your chosen disciplinary application area.
  • Research Training track — the Research Training track allows you to develop your research capability and gain specialised cognitive and technical skills to prepare for a professional career in science.

You will have access to USQ’s remote-access facilities, including the Mt Kent Observatory, a facility for astronomical research and education operated by USQ, in partnership with the University of Louisville in Kentucky, USA, and Automated Patrol Telescopes Australia Pty Ltd.

Astronomy at USQ is a significant part of a physical sciences research cluster that has consistently rated as world class in Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) assessments.

Students enrolled in the Master of Science (Astrophysics) can apply to exit their studies early with a Graduate Certificate of Science after completion of four units of study.

Astrophysicists/Astronomers are employed by universities and research organisations in Australia and overseas. Astrophysics is an international science, with major observatories and space agencies worldwide employing people from different nations, including Australia. Within Australia, most astrophysicists are employed as academics at universities or government agencies, and astronomy outreach work may be available at a science centre, museum or planetarium. Astrophysics also typically includes skills development for use in scientific and technical careers outside of astronomy.

Courses to be studied Units
12 x specialisation courses 12
2-4 x research courses 4
Total 16

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

1 These electives are for students to take complementary studies in physics, mathematics, statistics or computing. Choice of the elective should be done in consultation with, and be approved by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. 

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 32080
On-campus AUD 35840

Scholarships and financial assistance

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

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 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.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent.
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

CRICOS: 078596M

Note: The Astronomy specialisation is available by external study only. Therefore, this specialisation is not available to international students who wish to study on-campus. 

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.