Bachelor of Science (Space Sc & Astrophysics)
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324101
Space science and astrophysics explores our universe from the upper atmosphere of the earth to the most distant regions. This underpins much of the academic and technological research into astronomy, studies of the solar system and the practical use of space. It is important in improving our knowledge of the universe as a whole, and in enabling us to understand the environment within which space vehicles, and planet earth, must operate.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324101 2016 CSP ATAR 77.7 2016 CSP IB 26 2016 Adelaide Approved Score 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Mid-year entry Yes Enquiries Ask Adelaide
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 324101
- Higher Education applicants
You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. Applicants who have studied Physics 1 and/or Mathematics 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You are ranked on the basis of your best GPA.
- Special Entry applicants
You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
- Without formal qualifications?
You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
- Other Entry Pathways
CRICOS 043660G Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75 International Baccalaureate (IB) 25 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70 ISC & CBSE [India] 70% ISBE [India] 80% SAT [US] 1200 Abitur 3.4 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74 Eynesbury Foundation Program 360 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Physics, Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics.
IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).
International Qualifications Mathematics, Physics
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $8,975
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Employment opportunities exist for graduates in space and astrophysical research, as well as physics, including high technology research and development through:
government (Bureau of Meteorology)
national space agencies
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Aerospace Scientist, Lecturer, Defense Industry Scientist, Remote Sensing and GIS, Research Associates, Research Scientist, Environmental Scientist, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Geophysics, Satellite Project Scientist, Space and Astrophysical Research, Space Scientist, Astrophysicist
A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.
To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and ExchangeThe Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Degree StructureThe program consists of core training in the disciplines of astronomy and space science, with a strong emphasis on physics.
Students are given the flexibility to supplement this core with their choice of other science, geoscience, and mathematically based work. They will have direct exposure to professionals in the fields of space science and astrophysics, which enables them to form professional mentoring relationships.
There are also opportunities to take part in project work with established scientists in the field.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units S2 MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB PHYSICS 1200ND Physics IB PHYSICS 1007 Space Science and Astrophysics I Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Year2 S1 MATHS 2101: Multivariable and Complex Calculus MATHS 2102: Differential Equations PHYSICS 2510: Physics IIA Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units S2 PHYSICS 2520: Physics IIB PHYSICS 2534: Electromagnetism II PHYSICS 2536: Space Science and Astrophysics II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Year 3 S1 PHYSICS 3532: Atmospheric and Astrophysics III PHYSICS 3542: Physics III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units S2 PHYSICS 3002: Experimental Physics III Approved Level III Elective 2 x 3 units
Approved Level III Elective 1 x 6 units
Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units
Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of assignments, reports, tests, practical work, tutorial preparation and exams.
Please direct enquiries to Ask Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)
- Sciences Program Information Leaflet
- School of Physical Sciences
- Faculty of Sciences
- Undergraduate Scholarships
- Ask Adelaide Enquiry Form
The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.
Last updated: Thursday, 15 Jun 2017