Astrophysicists study the nature and distribution of matter and radiation throughout all time and space in the universe – from dark matter and black holes to stellar evolution, super clusters and neutron stars.

As an astrophysicist you could pursue career paths in science, technology or operations, for example operating satellites. If you’re curious about the unknown and have a deep desire to understand the wonders of the universe – Astrophysics could be a great fit for you.

Where do I start?

The minimum requirement for most entry-level jobs in Astrophysics is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Astronomy or Physics. A BSc is just the beginning. You could boost your career options further by gaining a postgraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science in Astronomy

UC’s BSc in Astronomy is out of this world! Students have access to state-of-the-art astronomical equipment and technology from their first year, they get to visit UC’s renowned Mt John Observatory in Tekapo and are taught by experts in their field.

If you’re interested in this area of science you could major in Astronomy; with PhysicsMaths and Geography as additional subjects.

Degree Structure

This table outlines the range of courses you can take to complete a BSc in Astronomy. There is some flexibility in the courses you can do for this degree. See our Student Advisors for help with this.

Year 1
Year 2

(1) Choose a course you are interested in.

(2) Complementary courses for which the student will meet pre-reqs or be able to have courses waived.

Transferable Skills

Data analysis and modelling, computing, critical thinking, imagination, maths, problem-solving.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc), Master of Science in Physics, Astronomy or Medical Physics (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Careers Options

Astronomer, computing and information technologist, engineer, geophysicist, material technologist, medical physicist, meteorologist, patent agent, scientist, teacher.

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