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 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.  

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework

Duration

6 months full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code

7353

Delivery mode

Online

Overview

The program analyses the intersection between the technical and strategic forces that influence operational decisions within the space domain. It also explores the changing landscape for the utilisation of space for military, civilian and commercial applications. There is an emphasis 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.  

Explore our space facilities


Find out more

For more information on this degree, see the UNSW Handbook.

  • 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 12 UOC, up to a maximum of 24 UOC, from the core courses list and up to a maximum of 12 UOC from the elective courses list. 

  • Core courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024

    ZEIT8007

    Space Operations  

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8011

    Space Systems Technology 

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode

    ZEIT8012

    Space Systems Engineering Management

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZHSS8504

    Space Cooperation, Conflict and Competition

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode

     

    Electives

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024

    ZEIT8009

    Global Navigation Satellite Systems 

    Not Offered 

    Distance Mode 

    ZEIT8018

    Cyber Resilience: Management Governance and Acquisition

    Distance Mode 

    Not Offered 

    ZEIT8032

    Information Assurance Principles 

    Not Offered 

    Distance Mode 

    ZEIT8219

    Satellite Communications  

    Distance Mode 

    Not Offered 

    ZEIT8221

    Spaceborne Imaging Technology 

    Not Offered 

    Distance Mode 

    ZEIT8230

    Requirements Practice 

    Not Offered

    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 

    ZEIT8601 Applied Machine Learning Not Offered Distance Mode

    ZHSS8403  

    Global Security 

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZHSS8410

    Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges 

    Not Offered 

    Distance Mode 

    ZHSS8435 Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Not Offered

    ZHSS8463

    International Law in Global Politics 

    Distance Mode 

    Not Offered

    ZHSS8467 Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare Not Offered Not Offered

    ZPEM8208

    Human Factors and the Technological Interface 

    Distance Mode 

    Not Offered 

    ZPEM8310 Understanding Social-Technical Systems: Ideas, Spaces and Cultures Not Offered Distance Mode 
  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the online handbook

  • Limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this degree to eligible domestic students who commence in S2 2022 only. CSP are not available for any new admission or deferred admission in this degree for 2023 commencement and onwards. Further information regarding UNSW PG Commonwealth Supported Places can be found here including eligibility and CSP Tuition Fees. 

    Please note that CSP won't be available to Defence students in this degree if their study is funded via Defence PG ADFA Study Scheme. 

Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr George Bowden
E: g.bowden@adfa.edu.au

Student Enquiries
E:
sas@adfa.edu.au
T: +61 2 5114 5000