You can study astronomy and astrophysics with ICRAR at either Curtin University or the University of Western Australia. More details available on our 'Study with ICRAR' factsheet (pdf, 1.1MB).

Summer Studentships

Applications now open for our 2014 studentships intake!

Studentships such as ICRAR's are an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to experience cutting edge research in Australia. If you are interested in a Summer Studentship with ICRAR, we welcome your application for our next round.

In 2014 selected undergraduate students (3rd and 4th year and honours students) from Australia and New Zealand will receive up to $6,000 over the 10 week internship. Applicants not from Western Australia also receive one return airfare to Perth from their home city. Accommodation can be organised by ICRAR and will be subsidised by up to 50%.

Details of the available projects (including detailed project proposals) are available at the studentships page.  Four of the eight internships available are offered jointly with iVEC for projects with a computational focus.  

The successful applicants are expected to begin in late November or early December each year. See studentships for more details.

Honours and Masters Courses

ICRAR researchers run Honours and Masters courses as series' of lecture modules. These modules are also open to staff and other postgraduate students.

The one year Honours course consists of specialist modules taught as a total of 48 lectures split evenly between the two semesters (March-June and August-October).

The two-year Master of Physical Science (Astronomy and Astrophysics) - UWA only - consists of 72 lectures (the 48 lectures in the Honours course, plus an additional 24 lectures on specialist topics). These 72 lectures are split evenly between the two semesters and a full 72 lectures are offered each year, however students in the two-year Master of Physical Science program take 36 lectures in semester 1 of year 1 and the remaining 36 lectures in semester 2 of year 2.

Recent modules include:

Semester 1

  • Radiation Processes and High Energy Astrophysics (J-P Macquart, ICRAR-Curtin, 18 lectures)
  • Line Emission (Lister Staveley-Smith, ICRAR-UWA, 6 lectures)
  • Chemical Evolution of the Universe (Simon Driver, ICRAR-UWA, 12 lectures)

Semester 2

  • Astrophysical Shocks (Chris Power, ICRAR-UWA, 6 lectures)
  • Galactic Dynamics (Kenji Bekki, ICRAR-UWA, 6 lectures)
  • Compact Objects (James Miller-Jones, ICRAR-Curtin, 6 lectures)
  • Advanced Radio Astronomy (Cormac Reynolds, ICRAR-Curtin, 6 lectures)
  • Bayesian Astronomy with R (Aaron Robotham, ICRAR-UWA, 6 lectures)
  • Space Electrodynamics (Ron Burman, UWA, 6 lectures)
Selected lecture notes for the combined honours course are available on the ICRAR-net to current students (password protected, email education@icrar.org if you need the password).


The ICRAR ICT team also run two honours level courses - Parallel Programming and High Performance Computing honours course in Semester 1 and Computational Astrophysics honours course in Semester 2. More details are available from course coordinator A/Prof Slava Kitaeff and at the course description page. Honours, Masters and PhD students from both nodes of ICRAR are welcome to take the course. 


There are many scholarships, both need and merit based, for undergraduates at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.

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