Astrophysics

Your inquisitive mind has undoubtedly pondered the biggest questions posed by humankind – such as the ultimate fate of the universe and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Astrophysics addresses these questions by using theory, observations made with the largest telescopes, and calculations done on the world's largest supercomputers. You will study the distribution of matter in the universe and celestial objects such as planets and stars, comets, pulsars and quasars, galaxies and black holes.

Monash's impressive undergraduate program is currently the most comprehensive in Australia. It is home to world-leading experts in observational and theoretical astrophysics, whose expertise is directly relevant to the content of the undergraduate program.

Modern astrophysics draws heavily on physics, mathematics and computational and numerical analysis. The Monash astronomy and astrophysics program provides excellent training in modern science and problem-solving.

We have developed a new way of teaching physics and astronomy – called the Physics and Astronomy Collaborative-learning Environment (PACE). The PACE studios and our teaching laboratories were designed to promote independent learning and teach problem-solving, effective communication and teamwork. We are forging a community of students who are active learners, able to apply their knowledge and skills in creative and imaginative ways.

As a graduate with a major in astrophysics, you will be equipped with the tools to find employment in areas that require an analytical mind and exceptional problem-solving skills. Career pathways include areas such as government, private industry, science journalism and teaching, or at research laboratories, universities and planetariums.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Inside the stars

Journey 'inside the stars' with astrophysicist John Lattanzio on a quest for answers to discover the true impact stars have on the universe.

Across the Universe

For astrophysicist Yuri Levin, the universe is a rich playground where everything can be explored, from interstellar dust particles to black holes and neutron stars.