Astronomy and Space Science Major - Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences

Explore the latest developments in astronomy, astrophysics and radio astronomy, as well as in space science and technology. Study the Astronomy and Space Science major in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences.

Today, astronomers and space scientists use super-computing, image processing and telecommunication, networking and programming, big data and digital signal processing, advanced electronics, physics, statistics and mathematical modelling.

Astronomy and space science is a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary subject, which reveals a vast, varied and beautiful universe, puts our planet into perspective, and deals with space exploration and the origins of Earth and life. The skills you develop in the Astronomy and Space Science major are also readily transferable to many other fields.


This is part of the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences.

Year 1

Complete the following paper

Choose five of

And choose another 30 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 2

Complete the following papers

You also select 75 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 3

Complete the following papers

You also select 45 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Workplace experience

In your final year you can complete a research project, investigating a scientific problem. This paper counts as two papers and you can complete it over one semester or the whole year.

Student projects have practical applications to the workplace and may include workplace experience. Recent student projects included the creation of a catalogue of Southern Hemisphere radio sources using the AUT 30-metre radio telescope.

Through this paper you develop skills in experimental design, literature searching, the collection and analysis of data, interpretation and reporting of the results.

Elective papers

Level 5 papers

Level 6 papers

Level 7 papers

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

  • Astronomer
  • Industrial mathematician
  • Observatory technician or research officer
  • Planetarium lecturer
  • Programmer or systems developer
  • Scientific programmer
  • Secondary teacher*
  • Technical software developer

*After completing a graduate diploma in education.

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AUT operates New Zealand’s only radio astronomical observatory.

Using two large radio telescopes, AUT’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) generates and processes enormous amounts of data from space, participates in cutting-edge international research in astrophysics, space and earth sciences.

During your studies you participate in practical laboratory sessions and field trips to the Warkworth and Stardome observatories.

Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) website

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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