Master of Astronomy
Information valid for students commencing in 2012.
Science and Engineering
Completion of an undergraduate degree in physical science or a related discipline, from this or another University; or
Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Astronomy; or
Other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.
Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9) Guidelines for Master degrees.
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.
Additional selection requirements
Special admission requirements
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 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 Master degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9).
AS5011:06 Modern Astrophysics
AS5012:06 Astronomy Instrumentation
AS5021:06 The Solar System
AS5022:06 Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology
AS5042:06 Pilot Research Project
Select 6 credit points from specified AS level 5 subjects
AS5031:06 Special Astronomy Topic A
AS5032:03 Special Astronomy Topic B
AS5033:03 Special Astronomy Topic C
AS5041:06 Astronomy Literature Review
AS5051:06 Scientific and Technological Developments in Astronomy
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 and a half years 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.
12 credit points, unless part of an approved 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 16 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 Diploma of Astronomy will be required to surrender that award prior to graduating with the Master of Astronomy.
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Candidates who exit the course prior to completion may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Astronomy or Graduate Diploma of Astronomy, depending on the number of credit points completed.