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.
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:
- ANTA601 Antarctica: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives Part 1
- ANTA602 Antarctica: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives Part 2
- ANTA603 Antarctica Field Work
- ANTA604 Supervised Project in Antarctic Studies
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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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
Private Bag 4800