Start Date
February
July

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LCSD

Study as
Full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Fees
$AU 15,000 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

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.

Snapshot

Snapshot

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 (SHSPP), 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 reliability 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

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, as well as to 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 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

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates can go on to find employment in:

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

How to apply

To apply to study with us go to the top of this page and click Apply. You will be directed to our online application portal.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Dr Ady James is an Associate Professor at UniSA where he teaches Systems Engineering, Space Studies and Space Science.

He is Co-Director for the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program and the Director of Education & Training with the SmartSat CRC.

He obtained a Ph.D. in Space Science at University College London’s Department of Space and Climate Physics in 1997, where he developed a fast ion spectrometer for the Russian Mars 96 spacecraft. After completing his PhD he worked on various space programs including Mars 96, Cluster II, XMM Newton, MOSES and, most recently, Solar-B (Hinode) launched in 2006. He then spent 4 years as project manager for the Basic Technology Smart X-ray Optics program up until October 2010 and then as Systems Engineer for the VIS instrument on the ESA Euclid Space project until early 2012.

In early 2012 Dr James moved to Australia to establish a local node of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), during this time he has taught Project Management and Systems Engineering as well as supervising numerous MSc and PhD student. From 2013 until it’s closure in 2017 Dr James was Academic Director for the UCL Australia campus. Dr James has been involved in the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program since 2012 and was co-Director for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 programs.

Dr James is a Fellow of the Association of Project Management and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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