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Bachelor of Science in Astronomy Major

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 24-February-2020
Auckland University of Technology
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Studying a Bachelor of Science is guaranteed to quench your thirst for knowledge about the world, and will be the start of a lifelong career in science.

Study with us and you have access to some of the best lecturers in New Zealand and state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply your knowledge in the lab or on field trips. Our strong links with the scientific community extend right across the world – making it easy for you to transition from university to your career.

Turn your fascination for space into a career in astrophysics and radio astronomy. Study the Astronomy major in the Bachelor of Science.

High-performance computing and broadband networking are central to modern astronomy and space science. AUT’s Warkworth Observatory is linked to New Zealand’s most powerful super computers and has the only radio telescopes in the country. That’s why AUT’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) can process enormous amounts of data from deep space, used for cutting-edge research in astrophysics and earth science.

The Astronomy major covers the latest developments in astronomy and space science, spherical astronomy, celestial mechanics, theoretical astrophysics and mathematical physics. You can work with IRASR during your study.

Key features

  • Access to AUT’s hi-tech astronomy facilities, including NZ’s only radio astronomy telescopes
  • Work with the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research
  • Combine this major with other Bachelor of Science majors

Career opportunities

  • Astronomer
  • Industrial mathematician
  • Observatory technician or research officer
  • Planetarium lecturer
  • Programmer or systems developer
  • Scientific programmer
  • Secondary teacher (After completing a graduate diploma in education.)
  • Technical software developer

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Useful New Zealand school subjects: Calculus, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics

English Language requirements:

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.


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