Antarctic Studies

University of Canterbury

18 months
39700 USD/year
11242 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Antarctic Studies at University of Canterbury 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.


Learning outcomes

Antarctic Studies offers an internationally unique programme of study at University of Canterbury 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.

Programme Structure

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39700 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    11242 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11242 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National students - 17,500 NZD
  • International Students - 61,800 NZD


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Antarctic Studies
University of Canterbury