Master of Antarctic Studies
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 the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 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.
A student 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).
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 9 April. 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.
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MAntaStud 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 or above
- a dissertation: ANTA 691 Dissertation
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 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.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Antarctic Studies.
For study planning help contact the School of Earth and Environment | Te Kura Aronukurangi or the College of Science:
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800