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Master of Physics (Astronomy & Astrophysics) – Research Projects

For the six research units (each 0.125 EFTSL), students undertake exciting projects with world-leading researchers. Projects are available across six broad research areas, as summarised in the following introductory-talk slides:

The gas cycle in the local Universe

The evolution of mass and structure across cosmic time

Computational Astronomy

Multi-messenger astronomy

Gravitational Wave Astronomy


You can also listen to the recording of the talk at this link.

Project work commences when a student undertakes the first research unit, Research Proposal in Astronomy & Astrophysics, and the student will be allocated to a project no later than the second week of the semester in which they enrol in that unit. The student will be assigned to a project following consultation with the course coordinator, Matthew Young, and potential supervisors, and will complete the unit by conducting an initial literature review in the field, and preparing a research proposal for the project under the guidance of their supervisor, which in turn will be presented in a short seminar talk. For the four units, Physics Research Project Parts 1-4, students conduct research on their project. For the final unit, Dissertation in Astronomy & Astrophysics, students write a dissertation on their research work and present a seminar on their work at UWA.

For further information on the course structure and rules see the UWA Handbook. For further information on Admission Requirements, Fees, and How to Apply the the UWA Future Students page.

If you are interested in applying, contact the course coordinator, Matthew Young, and begin your journey into the exciting world of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UWA.