12 months
45476 USD/year
12656 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Antarctic Studies at University of Canterbury is a one-year degree that kick starts with summer courses that are coordinated by Gateway Antarctica, a research centre based at UC.


Antarctic Studies at University of Canterbury allows students to:

  • conduct fieldwork in Antarctica over the summer  
  • 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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Antarctica: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives
  • Antarctica Field Work
  • Antarctic Studies and Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You should apply as early as possible to give yourself maximum preparation time for visa application, fee payment, travel and accommodation arrangements. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45476 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 45476 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12656 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National students - 17,693 NZD
  • International Students - 63,572 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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