Entry - PCAS - Gateway Antarctica - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Entry Requirements and Application - Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS)

Entry Requirements

Applicants accepted for the Postgraduate Certificate will have qualified for the award of an approved degree or equivalent, coming from a background in science, arts, humanities, law, policy, commerce, engineering, social sciences or technology, and have satisfied a medical examination prescribed by Antarctica New Zealand (required for the visit to Antarctica).

A reasonable level of fitness is required for the Antarctica field component. Participants are expected to be able to complete a four hour hike over rough terrain.

The programme is limited to 16 participants.


Selection will be based on:

  • the academic record of the applicant and/or prior experience relevant to the programme
  • a recommendation as to their suitability by two referees
  • a statement that, on completion of the programme, the applicant intends to undertake further postgraduate study in a field relevant to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and/or contribute from his or her experience in a significant manner to the community and/or professions.

On being offered a provisional place, applicants will undertake the medical examination. Acceptance on the programme is subject to passing the medical.

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Forms to be typed only; post or email, along with supporting documents, to Gateway Antarctica by 1 August.
The application form and two references are required for your application.




Gateway Antarctica
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Ph +64 3 364 2136
Fax +64 3 364 2197