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Start Date
January

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LCSD

Study as
Full-time

Mode
On-campus

Fees
$AU 27,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • Focus on individual research on a theme related to space, science, technology or policy.
  • Extend your learning from the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP), offered by UniSA and the International Space University.

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Graduate Certificate in Space Studies gives you the opportunity to focus on an individual research project identified by you, with the supervision and advice of experts from the SHSSP program.

Topics for research will vary across the subjects introduced in the SHSSP program, they will range from space related technology to space biology, economics, law and policy. It is an extension of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP), offered by UniSA in partnership with the International Space University (ISU).

You will commence with an intensive three-day phase at UniSA immediately following the SH-SSP. You will then complete your work online from your home institution. The fee for this qualification in 2018 is AUD $6,975. This works out at 25 percent of an equivalent full time (EFT) year at AUD $27,900.

Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP) comprises the first half of this Graduate Certificate in Space Studies. It is an intensive, five week, live-in experience during the southern hemisphere summer. Completion is a UniSA prerequisite for this qualification1.

Studies are based on the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which the International Space University (ISU) is renowned. It is conducted jointly with UniSA, and graduates are awarded an SH-SSP Executive Certificate. The SH-SSP focuses on space applications, space policy and space services. It provides a well-rounded overview of the principles and concepts involved in space science, space systems engineering and technology, space business and management, and space legal and regulatory issues.

1 An alternative prerequisite is completion of an International Space University Space Studies Program held elsewhere in the world.

Why Graduate Certificate in Space Studies

Why this Degree

Extend your learnings from the SH-SSP with targeted, multidisciplinary research into a theme with direct space application, such as global warming, environmental monitoring, disaster mitigation, GIS, remote area communications, or telemedicine.

Upon successful completion of the SH-SSP and/or the Graduate Certificate in Space Studies, you may be granted credit in a UniSA undergraduate program, pending approval of the UniSA Program Director. The Graduate Certificate in Space Studies can also provide a pathway towards further tertiary study or a career in the space sector. UniSA’s research has been recognised as well above world class1 in:

  • environmental science and management
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • materials engineering
  • resources engineering
  • extractive metallurgy

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Your research topic will be based on an issue that arises during your studies in the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSU). Research themes have direct application to space studies and could include global warming, environmental monitoring, disaster mitigation, GIS, remote area communications, or telemedicine. Specific research topics will vary. They can come from the numerous subjects introduced in SH-SSP, ranging from space related technology to space biology, economics, law and policy.

Staff from UniSA and the International Space University (ISU) will provide expert supervision for the space studies projects.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your assessment will include:

  • project concept, proposal and report
  • participation in video conference and presentation of project

Global opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Space Studies is based on the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary educational philosophy for which the International Space University (ISU) is renowned. As a graduate of this truly global qualification, you could consider a career anywhere in - or out of - the world:

  • space technology (design of space launch systems, space vehicle component design and satellite payloads)
  • telecommunications
  • earth observation/remote sensing
  • space policy and regulation
  • space tourism
  • applications of space technologies

To be inspired about where space-related qualifications can lead you, look no further than the success stories on the International Space University (ISU) website.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
ISU Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program - elective course 9
UniSA Component
Space Studies Project ENGG 5010 9 Rule(s): 2
OR
Strategic Space Law LAWS 5017 9 Rule(s): 2

Since joining UniSA in 2014, my main pursuit has been to start, establish and grow research and research training in planetary and space science, with particular focus on the observation and investigation of terrestrial planets in the solar system using data from NASA and ESA.

Dr Ady James

Program Director

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Dr Ady James

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

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