Master of Antarctic Studies

Master of Antarctic Studies

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: July 7
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: November
International tuition: NZ$54,900
Domestic tuition: NZ$17,261

Program overview

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. 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. 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

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
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). English language requirements: IELTS Academic: an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking TOEFL iBT: total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. TOEFL PBT: with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic): with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50

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.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand