Bachelor Matt confirms big news ahead of season premiere

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s no secret that Bachelor Matt Agnew is head over heels in love with one of the 28 bachelorettes he met on the upcoming season of The Bachelor Australia.

But ahead of the reality TV show’s premiere on July 31, the strapping scientist tells Yahoo Lifestyle that he also has something else to smile about - and it has nothing to do with his romantic life.

On the contrary, Matt has some big career news to share.

“I was awarded my doctorate degree, so I’m officially allowed to use the prefix ‘Dr.’,” he reveals.

Doctor, doctor: Matt Agnew reveals he's completed his PhD. Photo: Channel 10.

Call me Dr. Matt

For the past three years, Matt was a PhD candidate at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

In mid-July this year, however, the brainy 32-year-old finished his studies and can now call himself Dr. Matt Agnew.

“The last part of it is the formal graduation ceremony where I get to dress up kind of wizard robes essentially,” he laughs.

Keen-eyed Bachie fans would’ve noticed that Matt hinted at his big news a week or so ago when he updated his Instagram handle to @drmattagnew.

“I’m really, really happy,” he says of his latest achievement.

Matt is shooting for the moon in both his career and his search for love. Photo: Channel 10.

Brainy Bachie

To say our Bachie is smart is an understatement. On top of his PhD, Matt also has a double degree in science and engineering from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Science in Astrophysics from Sweden’s Lund University.

In his role as an astrophysicist, Matt uses physics and chemistry to explain the birth, life and death of not only stars but also planets, galaxies, nebulae and other objects in the universe.

"My specific research is about planetary science, so the stuff I’m doing is trying to figure out where another planet like Earth could exist, so we could actually look and find it," he previously explained to 10 daily.

Yep, that’s right - the future of our planet is in Matt’s capable hands.

The Bachelor Australia premieres tonight at 7:30pm on Channel 10.

While his career is important, Matt has admitted, "You can't cuddle up with a PhD." Photo: Channel 10.

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