Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies


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 the other New Zealand universities.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies attracts graduate students from a diverse range of disciplines and draws on the expertise of over thirty academic staff and guest speakers.

Students examine major scientific and environmental themes as well as contemporary issues facing Antarctica. Participants will consider the major social, political and legal issues facing the region. As part of the course students travel to Antarctica for a unique field trip to gather data for reports and projects.

The PGCertAntaStud may be awarded with Distinction.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree, be approved by the Dean of Science and have satisfied the medical examination prescribed by Antarctica New Zealand.

The programme is limited to 16 places and special applications must be submitted to Gateway Antarctica by 1 August.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The PGCertAntaStud involves four compulsory courses, including one field trip course to Antarctica.

The certificate is 14 weeks of full-time study.

Subjects and courses

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies you must complete the following courses: 

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

UC also offers a Master of Antarctic Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy in the discipline.

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 resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in 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

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