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Interested in postgraduate studies in English?

(For information on postgraduate study with the Linguistics Programme, please visit the Linguistics postgraduate webpage.)


The Department of English warmly invites students who have completed a BA degree to consider undertaking an Honours year at Otago or, if they wish to study part-time, to consider a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts over several years. Both qualifications serve as a necessary step to enter the MA programme, and consist of a series of taught papers and a research essay on a topic selected by the candidate.

View/download the 400-Level Handbook for more details about 400-level study in English (PDF)
(now updated to 2019)

Please also check the language requirements for studying at the University of Otago.

MA or PhD?

Students who have completed a BA Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in the subject at a satisfactory level (normally A- or above) are welcome to apply for an MA, and students who currently already hold an MA are welcome to apply to do a PhD.

Please visit the MA or PhD pages for more details and the application form.

Consult staff pages as a general guide to staff research areas.  Please also see our current postgraduate candidates' profiles and our list of past theses topics.

For more details about postgraduate study in the Department, see the English Programme's Postgraduate Handbook. Please also check the language requirements for postgraduate study at the University of Otago.

New Coursework Master of Arts programme for Humanities students

From 2018 the University of Otago is offering a new pathway within the Master of Arts, a 180-point coursework option.
The Coursework Master of Arts (Coursework MA) programme is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary grounding for Humanities students in a range of subjects as preparation for further study or future employment. The programme will take either 12 months or three semesters of full-time study to complete. The programme can also be studied part-time.

Find out more about the new Coursework Master of Arts programme.

PhD Scholarship

First offered in 2017 is the University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship. The Department of English and Linguistics invites applications for this new doctoral scholarship in literary studies. Applications close on 1 February 2018.