Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud)*


Antarctic Studies is 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.

The 240-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud) incorporates coursework in the first year, with the production of an individual research thesis in the second. The master's thesis allows participants to:

  • base their research on fieldwork in Antarctica
  • be supervised by the Antarctic community within and outside of the University.

* Not open to new enrolments in 2016. Please note that, from 2016, this 240-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud) will be replaced with a new 180-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MASt)

Entry requirements

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.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have:

  • completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies or
  • been admitted Ad Eundem Statum to enrol for the Master of Antarctic Studies and presented evidence of ability for advanced level academic study by normally having achieved a B average in 300-level courses and above.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Antarctic Studies or use the admission requirements checker

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

In the first year 400-level courses relevant to a coherent programme are added to the courses completed as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies to an overall total course weight of 1.00 EFTS.

In their second year, students complete a thesis on an Antarctic-related topic, which may be based on fieldwork in Antarctica undertaken during the summer break at the end of the first year.


18 months to two years full-time or up to four years part-time. Part II (thesis) only: one year full-time or two years part-time.

Subjects and courses

Part I

Part I consists of:

Part II

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

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. 

Useful information:

More information

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
Okeover House
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2312

Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz