At QUT, astrophysics is offered as a university-wide science minor. A minor is a set of units related to your particular area of study. If you are not enrolled in a science degree, but still interested in the astrophysics minor, you may be able to select it if your course rules allow it. The astrophysics minor includes the units PVB210 Stellar Astrophysics and PVB220 Cosmology.

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 orbital mechanics, telescopes, the solar system, star formation, stellar evolution, stellar remnants, and exoplanets. The content of this unit is 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.


A QUT Honours course provides you with foundation skills in designing and undertaking research. For most three year degrees, Honours requires an additional year of study. If you are part way through your undergraduate course (QUT or external) and are interested in studying at a more detailed level, an Honours course allows you to more deeply investigate a topic of interest. For more details, please contact Dr Michael Cowley or visit QUT Astrophysics Research Topics.

Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES)

Each year, over the summer holidays, we offer students an opportunity to participate in a research project for approximately 6-10 weeks. Participating students become immersed in our group’s research activities and get a hands-on experience with our experts and facilities. To be eligible to apply for the scheme you must currently be in your second, third or fourth year of undergraduate study. For more details, please contact Dr Michael Cowley or visit the VRES Information Site.