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Shaping the world with words

Studying English helps you read more deeply, in fiction, poetry and critical prose, and take in the sounds and signs of language in the world around you. Linguistics is the discipline that directly addresses questions about language and its nature, structure, use and development.

The Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago has a distinguished record of teaching and research. It offers both a major and a minor in English literature, a major and minor in Linguistics and a minor in Writing, and hosts the Scottish and Irish Studies Programme. A number of prizes are awarded to outstanding students in many areas. New, in 2017, is a University of Otago City of LIterature PhD Scholarship for a doctoral project in literary studies.


Learn concepts and techniques for analysing texts, improve your communication skills and sharpen your perception.


Linguistics studies language and its nature, structure, use and development.

Centre for Irish & Scottish Studies

Short overview of Irish Scottish Studies and studying it at Otago.


An evening with Graeme Macrae Burnet

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Bestselling Scottish crime writer Graeme Macrae Burnet's second novel, "His Bloody Project," is a historical thriller exploring a triple murder in the nineteenth-century Western Highlands. It won the Saltire Award, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is being published in 20 countries, and has been optioned by Synchr​onicity Films.


Dr Elisabeth Liebert

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Elisabeth Liebert’s Master’s degree led her deep into the world of John Milton, which in turn led her to Otago’s John Hale, an international authority on the renaissance poet. So when she embarked on her PhD, it was her choice of supervisor that brought her – intellectually, at least – to Otago.