Master of Antarctic Studies (MASt)
This 180-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MASt) is a one-year degree that kick starts with summer courses that are coordinated by Gateway Antarctica, a research centre based at UC.
Gateway Antarctica offers an internationally unique programme of study and inquiry that has been developed by staff at the University of Canterbury in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, with significant contributions from other New Zealand universities.
Antarctic research is represented in one of the ten New Zealand National Science Challenges, highlighting the importance of understanding the role of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in determining New Zealand's future climate and environment. It is also of interest internationally, especially to countries that make up the signatory states to the Antarctic Treaty and those that undertake national polar research programmes and institutes.
This master's degree allows students to:
- conduct fieldwork in Antarctica over the summer (as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies)
- undertake further courses and a research dissertation related to the student's area of expertise and interest
- complete a master's level qualification within one year
- prepare themselves for jobs requiring a solid background in Antarctic science or policy.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification specific requirements
A candidate for the Master of Antarctic Studies shall have:
- either qualified for a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies* or
- given evidence of their ability to complete advanced-level academic study (normally a B average in 400-level, or equivalent, courses).
* In exceptional cases, candidates who have not completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies may be admitted Ad Eundem Statum (AES) to enrol for the MASt if they present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study and if they are approved by the Dean of Science.
Qualification structure and duration
MASt students must complete the following:
- all courses required for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
- approved courses to the value of 30 points at 400-level
- a dissertation: ANTA 691 Antarctic Studies Master's Dissertation.
Beginning in November, the Master of Antarctic Studies is expected to be completed within one year of full-time study. Part-time study is possible, with approval from the Dean of Science.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Students can study a Doctor of Philosophy in Antarctic Studies at UC.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Antarctic Studies.
For study planning help contact Gateway Antarctica or the College of Science:
College of Science
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Phone +64 3 364 2312