In South Africa, many universities offer undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Science or BSc) in Astronomy and Astrophysics. You can study astronomy at:
The National Astrophysics & Space Science Programme (NASSP) is a cooperative, combined graduate programme launched by the South African astronomical community and hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT). It currently offers Honours (1 year), Extended Honours (1 year), and Masters programmes (2 years) in astronomy, astrophysics and space science. Students are supervised by scientists from South Africa universities and specialist astronomy research institutions such as the SAAO and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO).
SAAO Prize Scholarship
The annual SAAO Prize Scholarship is a scholarship offered to a top African student to work on a PhD project supervised by researchers at the SAAO. The scholarship is for a 3-year PhD registered at a South African university, and the student will be required to spend a minimum of 60% of their time at the SAAO. The scholarship will cover tuition and a generous stipend for living expenses, as well as additional support for conference travel and equipment, will be provided.
Next call for applications: TBC 2020
Professional Development Programme Bursaries
A limited number of Professional Development Programme bursaries are available annually to a selection of students to complete PhDs at the SAAO, contingent on the availability of funding.
The NRF provides bursaries for Masters and PhD students, including those studying astronomy and astrophysics. Prospective Masters and PhD students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors at the SAAO and then apply for the various types of funding that are available from the NRF.
There are opportunities available for international students, including some NRF bursaries; these are in particular available to those from other African countries. Students should contact prospective supervisors at the SAAO for assistance in identifying funding opportunities.
The University of Central Lancashire, as a SALT partner institution, offers an introductory distance learning course in astronomy aimed at non-specialists and especially educators. The course requires no prior knowledge of astronomy, but some school-level mathematics and physical science would help.