ICRAR offers Masters-level degrees at both our universities.
Masters degrees come in two forms: a Masters by Coursework and Research, and a Masters by Research. Both degrees can be used as a stepping stone to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy programme, but assume different levels of prior training.
Masters by Coursework and Research
A Masters by Coursework and Research degree is ideal for someone who has completed an undergraduate degree, but who has little specialist knowledge of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and/or who has little research experience. Typically this would be someone who has completed a three-year undergraduate degree majoring in Physics. The coursework-component of the this Masters degree teaches the student discipline-specific knowledge in Astronomy & Astrophysics, while the research-component gives the student an opportunity to gain research training and complete a research project, culminating in a research thesis. This degree can be a stepping stone to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy programme.
Of our two universities, only UWA offers a Masters-by-Coursework-&-Research degree, namely the Master of Physics degree, with a specialisation in Astronomy & Astrophysics – MPhys (Astronomy & Astrophysics).
- Please consult the Master of Physics (Astronomy & Astrophysics) pages for more information on this UWA course.
Masters by Research
A Masters by Research degree is ideal for someone who has completed both an undergraduate degree, and either an additional Honours year, and/or a postgraduate diploma, but who is not yet ready to enter a Doctor of Philosophy programme. The aim of the course is to expand the students’ knowledge and expertise, culminating in a research thesis. This degree can be a stepping stone to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy programme.
Both our universities offer Masters-by-Research courses:
- Curtin University Master of Philosophy and Master of Research
- University of Western Australia Master of Philosophy and Master of Research
For project options for Masters by Research with ICRAR at both universities, see the postgraduate research projects section (projects will be marked with Masters if they are suitable for this level of study).