Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
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 Aotearoa 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.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates 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.
The programme is limited to 16 places and a special application is required (see below).
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Considering the limited spaces available in the programme each year, entry into the programme is competitive. You will need to complete the application form on the Gateway Antarctica website and submit it to Gateway Antarctica (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 August. You will also need to provide certified copies of your academic transcripts with your application. Two letters of reference have to be sent directly to Gateway Antarctica from your referees (see the Gateway Antarctica website for the reference form).
A decision on whether your application has been successful will be made in early September.
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The PGCertAntaStud involves four compulsory courses, including one field trip course to Antarctica.
The certificate is 14 weeks of full-time study starting mid-November and finishing late March.
To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies you must complete the following courses:
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.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies.
For course advice contact Gateway Antarctica or the College of Science:
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800