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The Centre is the fastest growing astronomy research group in Australia. Striving to be a world-leading research entity, the Centre endeavours to attract the best and brightest minds to create a rewarding environment in which intellectual pursuits can prosper. The Centre has a strong public outreach and education programme, its unique internet based education initiatives and state of the art visualisation facilities.


Postgraduate Students

Swinburne hosts one of the largest astrophysics research programs in Australia with opportunities for students to undertake either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Masters by Research.

The Centre has a policy of accepting students of the highest academic quality from Australia and overseas. All of our PhD students are well-supported in terms of both finances and equipment. Each student receives their own workstation, unfettered access to the Swinburne supercomputer, a financial supplement to their scholarship, and funds to support their research. Students are encouraged to attend international conferences and to work with overseas collaborators.

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Current PhD Students

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Vacation Scholarships

Each year we offer a number of placements within the Centre to outstanding undergraduate applicants. The students work alongside the Centre's research staff on their own research project, as well as being introduced to the breadth of Centre activities. Depending on the project, students may get the chance to go observing or use one of Australia's fastest supercomputers, and then visualise their results in Swinburne's virtual reality theatre.

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Winter School

The Swinburne Astrophysics and Supercomputing Undergraduate Winter School is for students in the latter stages of undergraduate courses in physics, mathematics, engineering or computer science.

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Swinburne Astronomy Online

Swinburne operates one of the largest online astronomy education programs, Swinburne Astronomy Online. This program concentrates on the fundamental concepts of and key issues in contemporary astronomy. It is designed for amateur astronomers, science educators and communicators, people working in astronomy related fields, and anyone with a love of astronomy and a need to understand more about what is being discovered in contemporary astronomical research.

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Undergraduate Astronomy

The Centre is offering a new undergraduate astronomy subject Discovering the Universe, which will provides students with the opportunity to develop familiarity with modern astronomy. Students will learn about the solar neighbourhood, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Lectures will incorporate 3D animations and movies and the practical component will utilise real astronomical datasets and involve observational experiments.

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Occasional PhD Lectures

The Centre is offering lectures aimed at a PhD student level which are non-assessable and will expose PhD students to a wider astrophysics topic range than their individual thesis areas allows. Non-CAS PhD astronomy and astrophysics students are welcome to attend.

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