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Master of Astronomy

Course Code

52704

Version

2

Faculty

Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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

Nil

Special admission requirements

Nil

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Nil

Learning outcomes

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).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

AS5011:06  Modern Astrophysics

AS5012:06  Astronomy Instrumentation

AS5021:06  The Solar System

AS5022:06  Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology

AS5042:06  Pilot Research Project

Options

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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 and a half years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

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.

Other restrictions

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.

Award Details

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.

Course articulation

Not applicable