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The English Programme at Otago

The Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago has a distinguished record of teaching and research. It was ranked in the top one hundred departments in the world for English language and literature in the 2016 QS World Rankings by Subject. It also ranked first in the field of English language and literature for the number of research-active teaching staff in the most recent Performance Based Research Funding Assessment of New Zealand universities.

The departments offers both a major and a minor in English literature and a minor in Writing, and hosts the Programme in Linguistics and the Scottish and Irish Studies Programmes.

In addition to three-year BA course and the four-year BA Honours programme, the Department offers the Postgraduate Diploma in English, the MA and the PhD.

English papers and timetable for 2017 [pdf]

Course information book [pdf]

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Call for Tutors, Semester Two

The Department of English and Linguistics invites applications for a limited number of fixed-term tutoring positions in Semester TWO 2017. Papers that may require tutors are:

ENGL126 English for University Purposes
ENGL127 Effective Writing
ENGL131 Controversial Classics
ENGL228 Writing for the Professions
ENGL222 Contemporary American Fiction

For further information about the application process, download the relevant pdf here.  Expressions of interest must be sent digitally to and should be received by 5PM on Thursday, 15 JUNE for S2 papers.

University of Otago Literary Society (Litsoc)

The student-run University of Otago Literary Society (Litsoc) is for students who have an interest in English literature, though students from all disciplines are welcomed. Litsoc brings a social dimension to the love of literature, organising events such as quizzes, wine and cheese afternoons, poetry readings, and film/theatre outings and screenings. Members are provided with regular updates of events in the community they might like to attend. For more information about joining Litsoc, please email or look them up on Facebook.

Litsoc also publishes a semesterly "zine" called The Scribbler. It is available in both physical and digital forms, and features work contributed by students of English. If you wish to submit your poetry or short stories to the publication, please email The Scribbler is also on Facebook.