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This information was placed here on 2nd August 1999

Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (IASOS)

The Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies is a National Key Centre for Teaching and Research established with the aid of federal government funding in 1988 to promote and focus Australian academic activity concerned with Antarctica and its surrounding ocean. IASOS is housed in the well-equipped Centenary Building in a central position on the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania.
The Director of IASOS is Professor GW Paltridge and there are key staff in major discipline areas: physical sciences – Dr KJ Michael; life sciences – Dr A McMinn, Dr G Johnson; and legal and policy studies – Dr R Sandford. Other staff with primary roles in other Schools of the University and in major research establishments with interests in the region are affiliated with IASOS, and participate in its teaching and research program.
IASOS has a close working arrangement with the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Marine Research, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart. These agencies are involved in the coursework programs, in supervising postgraduate students, and providing laboratory and support facilities for thesis projects.
The Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Marine Research, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Geological Survey Organisation and the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (IASOS) have formed an Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre based on the campus. With a staff of 65 and more than 15 honours year and 55 research higher degree students, the Centre is one of the largest in the world conducting research in the polar regions and is mainly concerned with the large-scale interactions of the south polar region with the global climate and environment. Major scientific disciplines include physical, chemical and biological oceanography; atmospheric physics and chemistry; climatology; glaciology; polar region biology and palaeo-climatic reconstruction. Legal and policy work concerns environmental management , the operation of the Antarctic Treaty System and climate change policy.
Students work closely with world-class scientists involved in national and international research programs and have access to the extensive facilities not only of the Antarctic CRC itself but also of the partner agencies in Hobart. Great use is made of very expensive, publicly-funded, research facilities such as the ice-class research vessel Aurora Australis, the Tasmanian Earth Resources Satellite Station (TERSS), and the CRAY high-performance computing facilty at the University.
A major objective of the overall Antarctic CRC scheme is to knit postgraduate teaching closely to the developing research programs of the participating institutions. IASOS, in association with the Antarctic CRC, offers the following options for graduate students:
o Bachelor of Antarctic Studies with Honours
o Graduate Diploma in Science (Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies)
o Graduate Diploma in Science with Honours (Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies)
o Research Higher Degrees (MSc, MA and PhD)

Bachelor of Antarctic Studies with Honours (BAntSt(Hons))

Course code: S4G

Graduate Diploma of Science (Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies) (GradDipSc(ASOS))

Course code: S6D

Graduate Diploma of Science with Honours (Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies) (GradDipSc(Hons)(ASOS))

Course code: S6X

(See Graduate Diploma in Science with Honours )

These degrees provide both a general overview of Antarctic and Southern Ocean matters and specialist training in areas of the physical and biological sciences; policy and law; and polar and environmental technology.

The program has the flexibility to respond to the particular backgrounds and experience of each year's students and can be taken in one year full-time or two years part-time study. Candidature is open to graduates in all disciplines. Selection into the honours stream is based on the applicant's undergraduate record and work experience, if appropriate.

The honours degree is fully equivalent to an honours degree within a University School and satisfies the usual eligibility requirements for research higher degrees and postgraduate scholarships.

The first half of the program consists of a multi-disciplinary course in the form of seminar style sessions in four sub-disciplines: policy, life science, physical science and Antarctic operations. The remainder of the honours program requires the completion of an approved research project, with the results presented in a thesis. For students not taking honours, a reading thesis style specialist unit, supervised by an appropriate staff member, is undertaken. The coursework is assessed through a series of assignments, while the thesis is formally examined by internal and external experts.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies directly (ph) (03) 6226 2971.
Course specifications are detailed in the Calendar.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Honours program are eligible for membership of a variety of professional organisations, for instance: International Glaciological Society, American Geophysical Union, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, American Meteorological Society, Australian Marine Science Association, Australian Geological Society. The society or societies they may belong to depends somewhat on the nature of the research that they undertook.

The course leads to career opportunities in oceanography, glaciology, climate modelling, meteorology, ice core chemistry, sedimentology, marine biology, terrestrial ecology, international relations.

Enrolment master codes

Bachelor of Antarctic Studies with Honours
KSA410 Full time KSA411 Part time
Graduate Diploma in Science (ASOS)
KSA505 Full time KSA506 Part time
Graduate Diploma in Science with Honours (ASOS)
KSA510 Full time KSA511 Part time

For additional information on courses and admission please contact
course.info@utas.edu.au
International enquiries, please contact  Justine.Geason@utas.edu.au


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