Graduate Diploma of Astronomy
Information valid for students commencing in 2012.
Science and Engineering
Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Graduate Diplomas.
Completion of an undergraduate degree in physical science or a related discipline, from this or another University; or
Additional selection requirements
Completion of the Graduate Certificate of Astronomy; or
Special admission requirements
Other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points as per course structure
Additional course rules
Additional completion requirements
Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Graduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).
AS5011:06 Modern Astrophysics
AS5012:06 Astronomy Instrumentation
AS5021:06 The Solar System
AS5022:06 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.
6 credit points, unless part of an approved course articulation process
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
Candidates who are granted advanced standing for the Graduate Certificate of Astronomy will be required to surrender that award prior to graduating with the Graduate Diploma.
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Candidates who complete the Graduate Diploma of Astronomy are eligible for entry to the Master of Astronomy and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the Graduate Diploma.