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Master's degree

Master of Antarctic Studies

MAntaStud
03 October 2023

This 180-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud) is a one-year degree that begins with summer courses coordinated by Gateway Antarctica, a research centre based at UC. Learn more about studying a MAntaStud through our Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.

DURATION

Master of Antarctic Studies

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time

START

Master of Antarctic Studies

Degree Structure - Start In
November

POINTS

180

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 180 points:

  • Domestic — $13,473
  • International — $63,300

Overview


Master of Antarctic Studies

Introduction

This 180-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud) 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 Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, with significant contributions from other Aotearoa New Zealand business, government, industry, iwi, and non-profit organisations with an interest in protecting and preserving Antarctica.

Antarctic research is represented in one of the 11 New Zealand National Science Challenges, highlighting the importance of understanding the role of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in determining Aotearoa 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 you to:

  • complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies, which includes three courses focused on developing your Antarctic knowledge, connecting you with Antarctic organisations, and developing your research skills and initial research work on an Antarctic topic
  • undertake further courses and a research dissertation related to your area of expertise and interest
  • complete a master's level qualification within one year
  • prepare for jobs requiring a solid background in Antarctic science or policy.

Researchers on the ice in Antarctica

Master of Antarctic Studies

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

Anyone interested in enrolling for the Master of Antarctic Studies must have a relevant postgraduate qualification in a suitable background to Antarctic Studies (eg, the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies), and evidence of their ability to complete advanced-level academic study (normally a B Grade Point Average in 300-level, or equivalent, courses).

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

The programme has limited places available and a special application is required (see below).

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

How to apply

Considering the limited spaces available in the programme each year, entry into the programme is competitive. You will need to complete the application form on the Gateway Antarctica website by 19 September. You will also need to provide certified copies of your academic transcripts with your application. Two letters of reference have to be sent directly to Gateway Antarctica from your referees that you nominate as part of your application.

A decision on whether your application has been successful will be made in early September.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Antarctic Studies

Career - Body

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:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,473
  • International — $63,300

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,363
  • International — $61,500

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)
  • 2023 — $1240.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Planning my study

Master of Antarctic Studies

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

MAntaStud students must complete the following:

Beginning in November, the Master of Antarctic Studies is expected to be completed within 1 year of full-time study. Part-time study is possible, with approval.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Antarctic Studies.

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Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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