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Graduate Certificate in Space Operations

UNSW Canberra
Educating leaders in Defence, government & industry
Learn how to analyse the intersection between strategy and technology within the exciting domain of space exploration. 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.
Commencing Terms
Semester 1 & 2
0.5 Year(s) to 1 Year
Delivery Mode
Program code 7353
CRICOS code -
Entry Requirements
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2024 Indicative first year full fee


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.

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. 


Program Code
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Indicative Enrolments

Entry requirements

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements. 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Program structure

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. 

Full program structure

Potential careers

  •  Satellite and ground segment controller
  • Space Operations officer
  • Space systems operations
  • Space entrepreneur
  • Space operations policy analyst

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.

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