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Astronomy and Astrophysics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Astrophysicists interpret astronomical data gathered by astronomers to understand how our universe works. Astronomers view the entire electromagnetic spectrum – called “Multi-Frequency Astronomy” – through optical telescopes, radio telescopes, microwaves, gamma-rays, and X-rays.An exciting career awaits you in the Bachelor of Astronomy and Astrophysics offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa, which was awarded the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

This comprises a core of radio telescopes in the Karoo, and is one of many projects supported by our own South African Large Telescope (SALT), an optical telescope sited at Sutherland.

Career Opportunities

  • Astrophysicist
  • Physicist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Physics  (Major)
  • Mathematics  (Major):
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Astrophysics:
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • APS 43+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
  • Mathematics
Level 6
  • Physical Science
Level 6
  • Wait-listing
Applicants with 40-42 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5096 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2548 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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