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Mātai Kōkōrangi

23 October 2023
Astronomy in recent years has been one of the most rapidly expanding of all physical sciences and many exciting and unexpected discoveries continue to be made.




Astronomy is the study of matter and radiation throughout all time and space.

Astronomers use the latest technological advancements to do this, making this field one of the most rapidly expanding of all physical sciences.


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What will my study involve?

  • Some of the topics you will study include planets, the evolution of stars, black holes, the structure and evolution of galaxies, and dark matter and dark energy.
  • You will get the opportunity to observe at Ōtehīwai — University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory — the best optical astronomical research centre in Aotearoa.
  • We are the only university in Aotearoa to teach Astronomy at all levels of study.


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Astronomy minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:


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Career opportunities

If you are considering studying Astronomy and Astrophysics, you probably have a natural curiosity about how things work. An Astronomy degree could lead you towards being a part of the many exciting and unexpected discoveries we have yet to make about our universe.

Through your studies, you will learn skills like computer modelling, data analysis, problem-solving, computer programming, and communication, which also opens up pathways beyond astronomy.

Career pathways could include:

  • astronomer and other scientific fields (physicist, meteorologist, geophysicist)
  • technical writer
  • data analysis and information technology
  • science communication, teaching, and media.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Astronomy.

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