Hobart is one of the best places in the world to study Antarctic and marine science. Thanks to its close proximity to Antarctica and its superb lifestyle, Australia's southernmost city today is home to the world's largest critical mass of marine and Antarctic researchers.
The ACE CRC’s education program is provided through the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), which is part of the University of Tasmania.
Students studying at IMAS are part of an exciting, world class program focusing on some of the most important scientific questions of our age. What are the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life and fisheries? How will the melting of Antarctica’s ice caps affect sea levels? Can the oceans continue to absorb heat and CO2 at their current rate?
Students study a range of topics relevant to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. ACE CRC and IMAS staff teach PhD, Masters by Research and Masters by Coursework students. They also teach Honours programs and units in undergraduate courses, mostly to students taking science degrees, although a few undergraduates from other backgrounds (e.g., Arts) do enrol in first-year Antarctic studies units taught by IMAS.
Two of the main ACE CRC partners, CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, have combined to create a specific postgraduate training program in Quantitative Marine Science.
The ACE CRC is closely aligned with the QMS program, through co-funding and supervision of postgraduate students and in the creation and delivery of post-graduate course work.
The AAD-UTAS PhD Program in Quantitative Antarctic Science (QAS) is an exciting study opportunity, launched in 2012. The project is a partnership between two of the ACE CRC’s key partners, the Australian Antarctic Division and IMAS. QAS is part of the AAD’s strategy to improve capability in quantitative areas such as modelling and statistics.
The program offers scholarships to attract high quality students, who work on quantitative projects of direct relevance to the Australian Antarctic Science strategy.
Students enrolled in the program undertake PhD research on approved quantitative projects. Each project has at least one supervisor from each of the AAD and UTAS. As part of their studies, students are also required to complete a Graduate Diploma consisting of eight units of coursework, covering general research techniques as well as various aspects of Antarctic and marine science.
Video: About the IMAS Quantitative Marine Science Program