Master of Antarctic Studies

Study Discipline: Applied Sciences
Study Programme Details
Country: New Zealand
Admission Sessions:Summer Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


12 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on an extraordinary academic voyage with the 180-point Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud), a visionary one-year degree program offered by UC. Guided by Gateway Antarctica, a pioneering research center at UC, this immersive program unravels the mysteries of the Antarctic continent and its profound impact on global science and policy. Discover the unparalleled opportunities awaiting you in the realm of Antarctic exploration and research through our esteemed Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.


The Master of Antarctic Studies (MAntaStud) stands at the forefront of Antarctic research and exploration, offering a unique blend of academic rigor and hands-on experience. Dive into a world of discovery as you engage with cutting-edge research initiatives and connect with leading experts in the field. Through a comprehensive curriculum designed in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and other key stakeholders, this program equips you with the knowledge, skills, and insights needed to navigate the complexities of Antarctic science and policy. Join us as we embark on a journey to unlock the secrets of one of the world’s most enigmatic landscapes.

Admission Requirements

  • Anyone 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).
  • CAE or CPE: Score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • IELTS Academic: An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3
  • NZCEL: Level 5
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening
  • Completion of all courses required for the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
  • Approved courses to the value of 30 points at 400-level or above
  • Dissertation: ANTA691 Dissertation
  • Domestic — $13,473
  • International — $63,300

Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Antarctic Studies emerge as trailblazers in the field of polar exploration and research. Armed with a deep understanding of Antarctic science and policy, our alumni are poised to make significant contributions to academia, government, and the private sector. Whether conducting groundbreaking research in remote Antarctic regions or shaping policy initiatives to protect this fragile ecosystem, our graduates are prepared to lead with integrity and innovation in their chosen fields.

Visa Requirements:

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