Postgraduate study in English

Postgraduate programmes in English include a one or two-year MA and a one-year BA(Hons).

English, Drama and Writing Studies in the School of Humanities

We were ranked 29th in the world for English language and literature in the QS World University Rankings in 2017. Our staff are actively engaged researchers committed to training the next generation of literary scholars. Our students also develop advanced skills in communication and argument that can be used in many other careers.
 

Postgraduate study opportunities in English

Postgraduate study in English allows you to pursue your interests through coursework, extend your methodological skills, and pursue specialised research projects in literary studies, drama and theatre studies, cultural and critical theory, critical or creative writing. You can explore the intersections between literature and art, critical and creative practices.

Study and research opportunities in English reflect our established research strengths:

  • medieval and early modern literature
  • Shakespeare
  • nineteenth-century literature
  • New Zealand and post-colonial studies
  • Irish literature
  • modern poetry
  • drama
  • women’s writing
  • narrative theory.

We are also developing research excellence and extending study opportunities in:

  • literary and cultural theory
  • Maori and Pacific literature
  • indigenous studies
  • evolution and literature
  • children’s literature
  • popular fiction
  • psychoanalysis and literature
  • writing studies and creative writing.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in English, or a BA with a major in Writing Studies as approved by the Head of English. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

The Master of Arts in English

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in English with an average grade of B or higher. The research masters has higher requirements.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in English. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.
 

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in English, contact an Adviser.