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If you are commencing in Semester 2 2020 under the Government's Higher Education Relief Package due to COVID-19, please refer to the advice in the Additional Information section below.

The Graduate Certificate in Space Operations is a multidisciplinary program awarded by the School of Engineering and Information Technology. It is designed for scholars and professionals with appropriate undergraduate qualifications in management, humanities, and engineering, or those with extensive relevant professional experience. The program develops awareness of the technical, strategic, and economic drivers required to conceive, design, and operate spacecraft 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 utilization of space for military, civilian, and commercial applications.

The Graduate Certificate in Space Operations aims to allow students to develop a high level of understanding of the issues associated with the planning, operation and acquisition of space systems. 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.



Study Level


Typical duration

0.5 Years

Delivery Mode

Fully online

Intake Period

Semester 2

Academic Calendar

UNSW Canberra Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Space Operations - GradCertSpaceOps

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Program Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC as a standalone program.

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Entry Requirements

Additional Information

Domestic students commencing in Semester 2 2020 under the Government's COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package can enrol in a maximum of 4 courses (24 units of credit) in Semester 2 2020 at the discounted fee rates.

Further information about the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package is at

Students should enrol in the following courses available online:

Core courses (total of 12 units of credit):  ZEIT8011 Space Systems Technology + ZHSS8504 Space Conflict and Competition

Choose 2 other courses (total of 12 units of credit):   ZEIT8009 Global Navigation Satellite Systems, ZEIT8303 Project Management Body of Knowledge, ZEIT8403 Capability Option Analysis, ZEIT8230 Requirements Practice, ZEIT8231 Test and Evaluation, ZEIT8221 Spaceborne Imaging Technology, ZPEM8208 Human Factors and the Technological Interface, ZHSS8467 Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare, ZEIT8032 Information Assurance Principles.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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