Graduate Certificate in Space Operations

Explore the Technical & Strategic Forces that Influence the Space Domain

From GPS and banking to environmental and emergency management, space systems play an ever-increasing role in our daily lives. UNSW Canberra is home to the largest space capability in the country and our Graduate Certificate in Space Operations will provide you with a high level of understanding of the issues associated with the planning, operation and acquisition of space systems within the rapidly changing global space sector.  

The program analyses the intersection between the technical and strategic forces that influence operational decisions within the space domain and explores the changing landscape for the utilisation of space for military, civilian, and commercial applications. A specific emphasis is placed on examining opportunities for Australia to grow its strategic space capability while responsibly operating within the space domain to ensure the sustainment of the space environment into the future. 

World-Class Teaching Facilities

UNSW Canberra has a range of on-site capabilities to enable end-to-end space mission including Australia’s first space mission concurrent engineering design facility. Space facilities also include the Falcon Telescope, a cleanroom, a thermal vacuum chamber laboratory, and satellite ground stations.  

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You can find more information on this degree on the UNSW Handbook.

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Students undertaking Graduate Certificate of Space Operations are required to complete 24 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing four 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below). 

In the Graduate Certificate of Space Operations program, students must complete at least 12UOC, up to a maximum of 24 UOC of the core courses and can complete up to a maximum of 12 UOC of the elective courses. 

This Graduate Certificate is available to domestic students only.

Under the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates Package, domestic students commencing in 2021 can access the CSP fee rate for the 4 courses (24 units of credit) in either Semester 1 or 2, 2021.

Through the Job Ready Graduates Package, a limited number of CSP fee supported places are offered in 2021 for eligible domestic students in this Graduate Certificate.

Core Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021

ZEIT8007 

Space Operations  

Distance Mode 

Not Offered  

ZEIT8011 

Space Systems Technology 

Not Offered  

Distance Mode 

ZEIT8012 

Space Systems Engineering 

Distance Mode 

Not Offered  

ZHSS8504 

Space Conflict and Competition 

Distance Mode 

Not Offered 

  

Electives Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021

ZEIT8009 

Global Navigation Satellite Systems 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

ZEIT8018 

Cyber Defence: Governance, Management and  Acquisition 

Distance Mode 

Not Offered 

ZEIT8032 

Information Assurance Principles 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

ZEIT8033 

Critical Infrastucture Security Policy and  Governance 

Not Offered 

Not Offered 

ZEIT8219 

Satellite Communications  

Distance Mode 

Not Offered 

ZEIT8221 

Spaceborne Imaging Technology 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

ZEIT8230 

Requirements Practice 

Distance Mode 

Distance Mode 

ZEIT8231 

Test and Evaluation  

Distance Mode 

Not Offered 

ZEIT8303 

Project Management Body of Knowledge 

Distance Mode 

Distance Mode 

ZEIT8403 

Capability Option Analysis 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

ZHSS8403  

Global Security 

Not Offered 

Not Offered 

ZHSS8410 

Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

ZHSS8435 

Contemporary Strategy 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

ZHSS8463 

International Law in Global Politics 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

 ZHSS8467 

Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare 

Not Offered 

Distance Mode 

ZPEM8208 

Human Factors and the Technological Interface 

Distance Mode 

Not Offered 

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements.