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Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

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  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

To qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies a student must:

  • (a) pass courses having a total minimum value of 60 points; and
  • (b) satisfactorily complete the prescribed courses as specified in the Schedule.

A student for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies must have:

  • (a) either:
    • i. qualified for the award of any appropriate degree in New Zealand; or
    • ii. been approved as a student for the Postgraduate Certificate by the Academic Dean of Science based on Limitations of Entry found in the General Regulations to the University and
    • iii. been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing, and
  • (b) satisfied the medical examination as prescribed by Antarctica New Zealand.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

Antarctic Studies is an internationally unique programme of study and inquiry that has been developed by staff at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 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.

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To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies, you must complete the following courses:

  • ANTA 601 Antarctica: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives Part 1
  • ANTA 603 Antarctica Field Work
  • ANTA 607 Introduction to Antarctic Studies and Research
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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Antarctic Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

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