Postgraduate study in Languages and Literature

Postgraduate study opportunities in Languages and Literature

Postgraduate programmes in Languages and Literature enable you to continue the study of two languages and literatures at graduate level. Areas of study are: Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Maori, Spanish.

The emphasis is on further development of language competence, literary study and, where available, linguistic study. Research essays or projects are an important component of postgraduate programmes.

Languages and Literature differs from Comparative Literature in that it requires language study and does not require comparative work between the two languages and literatures. You may also be interested in Comparative Literature.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Languages and Literature

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 major in one of the subjects listed below, and at least 90 points in another of these including a Stage III language acquisition course (or equivalent language competence)

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.

Master of Arts in Languages and Literature

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 Languages and Literature, or in one of the subjects available and 90 points in another of these subjects, including a language competence course at Stage III (or equivalent language competence). You must have an average grade of B or higher in the BA(Hons) or PGDipArts.

Subjects available: Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Māori, Spanish.

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 one of the subjects listed below, and at least 90 points in another of these including a Stage III language acquisition course (or equivalent language competence). You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Subjects available: Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Māori, Spanish.

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.

Other programmes

Languages and Literature may also be taken for the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and the Master of Literature (MLitt).

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 Languages and Literature, contact an Adviser.