Master of Antarctic Studies
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 Aotearoa New Zealand universities.
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 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.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
A candidate for the Master of Antarctic Studies shall have:
- either qualified for a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies* or
- given evidence of their ability to complete advanced-level academic study (normally a B grade average in 400-level, or equivalent, courses).
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
MASt students must complete the following:
- all courses required for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
- approved courses to the value of 30 points at 400-level
- a dissertation: ANTA 691 Antarctic Studies Master's Dissertation
Beginning in November, the Master of Antarctic Studies is expected to be completed within 12–18 months of full-time study. Part-time study is possible, with approval from the Academic Dean of Science.
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.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
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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