How to Apply

We offer fully accredited Master of Science in Astronomy, Graduate Diploma of Science in Astronomy and Graduate Certificate of Science in Astronomy programs, as well as individual unit enrolments.

** 2015 New Students * Students enroling for the first time in SAO - enrolments will open in early January 2015 - please bookmark this page - and return then for information **

Note to new students:

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

Certified copies of these documents must be received by the Course Administrator one week before Monday of Week 0 so your enrolment can be processed. Please note that these documents are not returned if applications are unsuccessful.

Further information: Future Students - Courses - Master of Science (Astronomy)

Current Students - How to Enrol in SAO Units for 2015

This web page is aimed at current students who wish to re-enrol in SAO units for 2015. The units we are offering can be viewed at:

Re-enrolment opens from 29 October 2014

Current students need to re-enrol by logging in to My Study Plan on the Current Students webpage.

All amendments to enrolment are instant. Unit enrolment is subject to class size limits.

Once enrolled you may then view your financial account on My Financials

Re-enrolment for current students to Swinburne Astronomy Online is now open.

To re-enrol visit: My Study Plan

User name is your student ID and password is your SIMS password - default DDMMYY. For help in resetting your password visit: Password Assistance

To assist you with self-managing your enrolment you may view the: Help Guide

To make payment:

Local (Australian) students may pay by Credit Card on the My Financials page

International students may pay by Credit Card via Western Union Business Solutions - this link is Swinburne specific, please enter your Student ID when making payment.

If you need any assistance making payment please contact:

You may also view and amend your personal details; apply for a Leave of Absence; view apply and view FEE-HELP information; generate enrolment statements and view enrolment financial information.

Help guides for these functions are available here

If you have any questions about re-enrolling please do not hesitate to email

Payment FAQs:

  • Current Australian FEE-HELP students will not need to resubmit an eCAF form
  • Once enrolled Australian students can view their fee information and pay via the Current Students ‘My Financials’ webpage
  • International students will pay by credit card via Western Union Business Solutions

Enquiries about re-enrolment for current students should be directed to the SAO Administrator,

Semester dates for 2015:

  • Semester 1, 2015, will run from 2 March to 23 May
  • Semester 2, 2015, will run from 31 August to 21 November

S1-2015: Week 0 commences 23 February, 2015.
S2-2015: Week 0 commences 24 August, 2015.

The census date is the date on which your enrolment requirements must be finalised. Swinburne University is required to report student liability information to the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) by the specific census date. The census date is the last day with withdraw from a unit or course without financial penalty.

The Semester 1, 2015 census date is 23 March 2015.
The Semester 2, 2015 census date is 21 September 2015.

All our degree programs are fully accredited by Swinburne University of Technology. (For details, see our accreditation page.)

Start-up kits, including instructions on accessing the student website are emailed to enrolled students the week prior to each Semester.

Information about eligibility can be found here. Queries about the course content can be directed to Dr Glen Mackie,

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