What is SAO?
Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO) is a fully online postgraduate degree
program in astronomy. It concentrates on the fundamental concepts of
and key issues in contemporary astronomy. Designed for science
educators and communicators, people working in astronomy related
fields, amateur astronomers, and anyone with a love of astronomy, SAO
concentrates on building student's skills at communicating their
science knowledge to others.
Students join SAO in order to enhance their qualifications with a
Master of Science in Astronomy, or to simply study one or more
introductory-level astronomy units.
The Master of Science (Astronomy) is part of a nested suite of
postgraduate programs, which also includes the Graduate Certificate of
Science (Astronomy) and the Graduate Diploma of Science
(Astronomy). There are a number of entry points depending on previous
academic studies and work experience.
All SAO degrees are awarded and fully accredited by Swinburne
University of Technology, which is a recognised university by the
Australian Federal Government. For further details, see our accreditation information
SAO is run by the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, which is
part of the Faculty of Information & Communication Technologies at
Swinburne University of Technology. The Swinburne Centre for
Astrophysics & Supercomputing is located in the suburb of Hawthorn in
Degree programs offered:
- Master of Science (Astronomy)
- Graduate Diploma of Science (Astronomy)
- Graduate Certificate of Science (Astronomy)
We also offer individual unit enrolments.