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Master of Antarctic Studies

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: Expected November-2022
Campus:
University of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

This 180-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MASt) is a one-year degree that kick starts with summer courses that are coordinated by Gateway Antarctica, a research centre based at UC.

Gateway Antarctica offers 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 other New Zealand universities.

Antarctic research 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 New Zealand's future climate and environment. It is also of interest internationally, especially to countries that make up the signatory states to the Antarctic Treaty and those that undertake national polar research programmes and institutes.

This master's degree allows students to:

  • conduct fieldwork in Antarctica over the summer (as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies)
  • 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.

MASt students must complete the following:

  • 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 Dissertation

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.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

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).

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.

You will need to complete the application form on the Gateway Antarctica website by 9 April.

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