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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 35,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Expand your knowledge on space issues through a personalised research project
  • Extend your learning from the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP), offered by UniSA and the International Space University.



The Graduate Certificate in Space Studies is a chance to broaden your understanding of issues related to space.

Designed for graduates, professionals, skilled practitioners and space enthusiasts, you will be immersed in the challenges and opportunities of the space industry. Gain experience in your area of interest through a personalised research project under the supervision and advice from space industry experts.

In the initial 3 weeks we kick off the program by supporting you in the development of your project ideas whilst developing essential research skills. You will be mentored by space experts who will guide you as you undertake your research on campus or online.

The Graduate Certificate in Space Studies is offered twice a year; commencing in mid February, directly after the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SPP), an intensive, five week, live-in experience, or at the beginning of study period 5 in July.

Note: Program fees stated above. If an applicant completes the Southern Hemisphere Space Program, 50% of the fee is credited.

Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP) comprises the first half of this Graduate Certificate in Space Studies. This is a joint program between the University of South Australia and the International Space University (ISU), delivered as 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 ISU is renowned. It is conducted jointly with UniSA, and graduates are awarded an SH-SSP Executive Certificate.

The SH-SSP focuses on all aspects of the space sector and provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the key activities and areas of knowledge required by today's space professions, including:

  • space science and exploration
  • space applications and services
  • human spaceflight and life sciences
  • space systems engineering and technologies
  • space policy, economics and law
  • space business and project management
  • space humanities, communications, art and culture

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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Research topics are varied and have previously included CubeSats for astronomy, potential atmospheres for a Martian greenhouse, investigating open source machine learning for on-board nano-satellites and improving reuseability performance in rocket engines. Specific research topics vary and can come from any of the numerous subjects introduced during the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program that you would like to investigate further.

Degree 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
Strategic Space Law LAWS 5017 9 Rule(s): 2

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 (independent study). 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.



Your assessment will include:

  • project concept, proposal and report
  • participation in presentation of your project report, either in person or via video conference.

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

Why Graduate Certificate in Space Studies

Why this Degree

The space industry is emerging as one of the most lucrative industries globally.

The industry was valued at US$360 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach US$558 billion by 2026. Much of this growth is driven by demand for nano-satellites and re-useable launch vehicle systems supported by the massive investment in development of these next generation space systems.

With the announcement of the Australian Space Agency and federal investment, it is expected that by 2030, the value of the local space industry will have tripled to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 jobs.

The Graduate Certificate in Space Studies program will appeal to people within space-related industries or those who have a genuine interest in space. Students will be drawn from and enter employment in the following space sectors:

• Space science and technology (design of space launch systems, space vehicle component design and satellite payloads)
• Telecommunications
• Earth observation / Remote sensing
• Space policy and regulation
• Space mission design
• Applications of space technologies

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates can go on to find employment in:

  • analysis
  • research
  • policy advice
  • project management
  • science
  • engineering

How to apply

International students wishing to apply for this program must complete the application form and return it via email to SAS-MawsonLakes@unisa.edu.au. For information about the appropriate Australia visa for international visitors, go to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

International applicants can not study the program under a student visa. It is your responsibility as an applicant to determine what type of visa you require in order to complete any part of this program onshore. 


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

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.

AsPr Ady James

Program Director

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AsPr Ady James

Program Director


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