BP330 - Bachelor of Space Science

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Plan: BP330 - Bachelor of Space Science
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Space Science
Award abbreviation: BSpaceSci
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years Full Time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/science
ASCED code: 010301
CRICOS code: 0100712

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Purpose of the Program

Space is a USD$345 billion global industry which has doubled over the previous decade, with strong growth expected to continue in the medium term. To better capitalise on both local and global growth opportunities, the Australian Space Agency was created in mid-2018, spawning a new era of growth and innovation for the Australian space industry. The Australian Space Agency has a goal of tripling the size of Australia’s space sector to $12B and growing the workforce from the current 10,000 FTE to 20,000 by 2030.

This program allows you to prepare for an exciting career in the space industry. In addition to physics, you will study complementary courses in satellite remote sensing, IT and data analytics, signal and systems engineering as well as spaceflight systems design. These interdisciplinary linkages will provide you with the basic building blocks of scientific knowledge and engineering fundamentals in the field of space science and technology. Knowledge is always complemented with practical experiences in laboratory and modelling courses. Since mathematics provides the necessary scaffolding for doing space science, two mathematics and one statistics courses (Calculus and Analysis 1 and 2, and Data Preprocessing) are also core courses in the space science program. Combining the expertise of  the Schools of Science and Engineering from the College of Science, Engineering and Health, the Bachelor of Space Science prepares you to meet the challenges of a fast-moving and technology-driven space industry.

A strong focus of the program is WIL. Your capstone WIL experience will be either The Professional Scientist ONPS2335 or Science Work Experience 1 ONPS2543, and Science Project 1 ONPS2186 where you will use all your knowledge and skills to work, perhaps in teams, to develop and implement your own research project.

Further course selection can be individualised to an extent by taking other university-wide elective courses offered by the University. This allows you a degree of flexibility to help you achieve your vocational and academic goals.
This program is delivered on campus; some courses may be available online.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT programs enable students graduating from an RMIT qualification to achieve advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

If you have completed a nationally accredited Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Physics, you may be granted credit of up to 48 credit points, respectively. 

Students in the generic BP229P7 or BP229PHYS plan may choose to transfer into the Bachelor of Space Science. Credit will be given to courses completed that align with the Bachelor of Space Science.

Successful completion of this program provides you with pathways into honours, masters by coursework, masters by research and PhD programs.


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Entrance requirements

Very Important: This plan is being phased out. 
BP330 - Bachelor of Space Science plan has been discontinued and will no longer accept new students after Semester 2 2022.

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education, or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


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External accreditation and industry links

The School of Science is formally linked to industry through its Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), and through various consulting and research projects undertaken by staff. Members of the IAC provide valuable input and are a major driver for change in the school's programs, particularly with regard to industry trends and future graduate capabilities, the use of state-of-the-art equipment and, very importantly, support for the introduction of work-integrated learning (WIL) and global engagement. Industry partners have a strong link with RMIT, with a number of opportunities for you to participate in industry based learning activities. Feedback from the IAC has been fundamental to the design of the Bachelor of Space Science program as an interdisciplinary degree based on a core of physics, mathematics, geospatial science and engineering.

Whilst there is no external accreditation for this program, graduates of this program may be eligible to become a member of the National Space Society of Australia, Space Industry Association of Australia and Space Association of Australia Inc.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library 

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world. 

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http:// www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library. 

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. 

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. 

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library 

Online learning tools and content 

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT 

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning 
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant 
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning 
  • career development and employment 
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters) 
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad 
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance 

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support 


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