What units of study are there and How to apply to SAO

Swinburne University of Technology welcomes new enrolments into Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO).
SAO is offered through Swinburne University (but not through Swinburne Online). One may also apply via Open Univesities Australia.

General information about the SAO program, including up to date entry requirements and how to apply for the Graduate Certificate of Science (4 units), or the Graduate Diploma of Science (8 units), or the Master of Science (12 units), can be found via the following Swinburne University Course Search links:

Enquiries can be made in the application process for each program or via: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/courses/connect/email/

Applications for entry to the SAO program for future Semesters/Study Periods can be made via the links above.

For current (continuing) SAO students, information on unit enrollments can be found here: http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/sao/students/apply.xml


Single units of study can be taken outside an award program.


Entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate

As of 2020, the university has authorised a change in the entry requirements for our Graduate Certificate. This program is now available to students who have a recognised tertiary qualification - Bachelor degree, Level 7 in Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or equivalent. The AQF specification for the volume of learning of a Bachelor degree is typically three to four years. (Previously the degree had to be aligned or cognate to astronomy. It is now any Bachelor degree.)

Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements will be considered for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy) if they have significant relevant astronomy or astronomy-related experience (minimum of three years). This information is collected through our enrollment system.

Upon successful completion, application can then be made to enter the Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy) or Master of Science (Astronomy).

Note: to Future Students

All new students must supply proof of identity when they first apply to enrol, along with copies of their academic transcripts of their prior degrees. Evidence of English language proficiency is also required.

Scanned (digital) certified copies of these documents in PDF format will be accepted via the online application website. Hardcopy versions sent via post will not be accepted. Please note that these documents are not returned if applications are unsuccessful.

(Instructions on accessing the student website are emailed to enrolled students the week prior to each Semester/Study Period.)


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