Undergraduate Study

QUT’s Bachelor of Science can be structured to include an astrophysics minor. The minor includes the units PVB210: Stellar Astrophysics and PVB220: Cosmology. In addition to this, we offer an Honours program and Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES), both that include a range of astronomy projects. For more details, please contact Dr Michael Cowley or visit QUT Student Topics.

Undergraduate Units

PVB210 Stellar Astrophysics

In this unit, we provide an introduction to stellar astrophysics, which is the study of the formation and evolution of stars, which are the essential building blocks for the largest structures in the universe – galaxies. Topics presented include the birth, life, and death of stars, and will be presented through lectures and laboratory exercises.

PVB220 Cosmology

In this unit, we provide an introduction to cosmology, which is the study of the origin and evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang to the present. Topics presented include special and general relativity, the physics and geometry of space-time, the evolution of the universe, dark energy and dark matter, supermassive black holes, gravitational waves, and the status of Australian cosmology surveys.