Bachelor of Science (Space Sc & Astrophysics)
The final frontier
Want to delve into the depths of our solar system? Explore the universe’s most distant galaxies?
This is the number one degree in South Australia for Astronomical and Space Sciences research.* You will have access to world-leading researchers, including Nobel Prize winners and the recipient of the 2020 Prime Minister's Award for Science.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics) places a strong emphasis on maths and physics. You will:
- work with, and learn from international researchers whose ground-breaking and award-winning discoveries are changing the way we understand our universe
- develop problem-solving skills critical to modern careers in physics, high-tech and space industries, and big data science
- have the opportunity to take part in project work with established scientists
- discover the fundamental processes which define our universe and our planet
- unravel the mysteries of space through core training in astronomy and space science
- supplement learning with other science, geoscience, and maths programs.
You’ll also have opportunities to take part in project work with established scientists.
Where could it take you?
You might research star formation with a national space agency or be a planetarium director. You could forecast geomagnetic storms at the Bureau of Meteorology. Perhaps you’ll work in an observatory, publish a book or host the next award-winning space documentary.
*2018 Excellence in Research for Australia
**Best Global Universities Rankings (Physics), US News Education, 2021
^Australian Space Agency, 2021
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP ATAR||77.05|
|2021 CSP IB||27|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR||75|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - IB||26|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||67.65|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||85.93|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||99.15|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||77.05|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||92.08|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||99.95|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|Recent Secondary Education||Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Prerequisites||SACE Stage 2: Physics, Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) and Specialist Mathematics. IB: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3). MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.|
|Higher Education Study||You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.|
|Work and life experience||To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2021|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||n/a||N/A|
|(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||75|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||26|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||18|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||20|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||7|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||70%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||70%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||78|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||70%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1200|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||7|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.5|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.78|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||74|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||74|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||360|
|ANU Foundation Studies||66%|
|Monash Foundation Year||70|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||72|
|UNSW Foundation Year||7.0|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.7|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||57|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.2|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||74|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||65%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs|
|Australian Year 12||SACE Stage 2: Physics, Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) and Specialist Mathematics. IB: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3). MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.|
|International Qualifications||Mathematics, Physics|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $43,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
You’ll be set to gain employment in space and astrophysical research, physics, and high-tech research and development in:
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 and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
The practical component of the second year subject Space Science and Astrophysics II is all project work. You’ll work in small groups to explore a particular aspect of astrophysics research. Typically that can involve making optical observations with telescopes at the University observatory, or using data from satellite and ground-based observatories to understand the environments around extreme astronomical objects like pulsars and supernovae.
Atmospheric Chemist, Astronomer, Physicist, Aerospace Scientist, 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
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 and a six-week summer scholarship at the University or other institutions around Australia.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
|Year1||S1||MATHS 1011: Mathematics IA||PHYSICS 1100ND: Physics IA||Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units||COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming*
ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C)*
|S2||MATHS 1012: Mathematics IB||PHYSICS 1200ND: Physics IB||PHYSICS 1007: Space Science and Astrophysics I||COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming*
ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C)*
|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.
Astrophysics is awesome! I have wanted to do this since I was a kid, and the space science and astrophysics degree opened up many opportunities. I was able to work on IceCube for my PhD, make a trip to the South Pole , and now, get to continue this research at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 22 Sep 2021