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Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


14 weeks

Next start date

Expected Nov 2023


University of Canterbury


Antarctic Studies is an internationally unique programme of study and inquiry that has been developed by staff at Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury in collaboration with business, government, industry, iwi, and non-profit organisations working in Antarctica and the Antarctic community in Otautahi Christchurch.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies attracts graduate students from a diverse range of disciplines and draws on the expertise of over thirty academic staff and guest speakers.

You will examine major scientific and environmental themes, as well as contemporary topics such as the major social, political, and legal issues facing Antarctica. As part of the course, you will work directly with Antarctic organisations to apply your discipline-specific skills and your growing knowledge of Antarctica during Antarctic community placements. This course also offers the opportunity to work with world-leading Antarctic researchers on projects that further the protection and understanding of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Subjects and courses

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies you must complete the following courses:

  • ANTA601 Antarctica: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives Part 1
  • ANTA608 Antarctic Community Placements
  • ANTA 607 Introduction to Antarctic Studies and Research

Further study

UC also offers a Master of Antarctic Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Antarctic Studies.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

Students must have a bachelor's degree to enrol..

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: You will need to complete the application form on the Gateway Antarctica website by 19 September.

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