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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 2022


University of Canterbury


Antarctic Studies is 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 the other New Zealand universities.

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.

Students examine major scientific and environmental themes as well as contemporary issues facing Antarctica. Participants will consider the major social, political and legal issues facing the region. As part of the course students travel to Antarctica for a unique field trip to gather data for reports and projects.

The PGCertAntaStud may be awarded with Distinction.

The PGCertAntaStud involves four compulsory courses, including one field trip course to Antarctica.

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
  • ANTA603 Antarctica Field Work
  • 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, be approved by the Academic Dean of Science, and have satisfied the medical examination prescribed by Antarctica New Zealand.

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 9 April.

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