Master of Antarctic Studies

MASt

  • researchers on the ice in Antarctica

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry times

November

Fees

NZD $16,758

Based on 2018
total programme fee

Pathways

Pathways include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Duration

1 year full-time

Entry times

November

Fees

NZD $52,350

Based on 2018
total programme fee

Pathways

Pathways include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Apply Now Got a Question? Check your eligibility

Download Brochure

Overview

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.

Contact us

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 | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Private Bag 4800

Christchurch 8140

New Zealand

Phone+64 3 369 4141

Emailcollegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz