Study at Gateway Antarctica

researcher being followed by a line of emperor penguins, Antarctica

We offer a selection of postgraduate qualifications in Antarctic Studies including the limited entry Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies – the only programme in the world that provides students with the real-world experience of undertaking Antarctic research in Antarctica.

While you cannot major or minor in Antarctic Studies as an undergraduate student, you can take courses in the subject as part of any degree. The courses are a good addition to any Science degree and complement all majors. We also offer a popular online summer course for those with a thirst for Antarctic knowledge.

We offer two specialised degrees, while it is also possible to major in Antarctic Studies in three generic science qualifications.

Our three undergraduate courses are an interesting and popular addition to any degree.

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  May 1                                         Projects available on website
End of March
Applications close
  Endof July  Applicants will be notified
  Mid August Deadline for paying deposit
  Early Sept Enrolment process begins
  Mid November PCAS Programme commences 
in Christchurch
  November- January Antarctic fieldtrip (dates vary)
  Late January  Lectures end
  Mid February Final supervised project reports are due
  1 April PCAS results available

All participants are selected via a competitive process. Participants need an approved degree and must pass a medical examination prescribed by Antarctica New Zealand to complete the Antarctic field component. The competitive process attracts high-calibre applicants from across a range of natural and social sciences disciplines, and from across the world

All students in the MASt and PCAS programmes must have selected a supervised project and made contact with the relevant supervisor before they are formally accepted onto the programme. 

If you are interested in either programme, you will need to complete the form below and submit it to Gateway Antarctica ( by 7 July.

Watch: ANTA 101

Get the rundown on ANTA 101 – our 6-week summer school introduction to Antarctic Studies.

Watch: Summer on the ice

View footage from PCAS students on location in Antarctica.

Interested in studying at Gateway Antarctica?

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