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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.)


We warmly invite 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 (Word)

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, see the English Postgraduate Information Booklet (Word). Please also check the language requirements for postgraduate study at the University of Otago.

Master of Arts (Coursework) programme for Humanities students

The Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA (Coursework)) 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.

More about the Master of Arts (Coursework) programme

MA and PhD Scholarships

Otago offers both MA scholarships and PhD scholarships. We also offer annually the University of Otago City of Literature PhD Scholarship. Applications close each year on 30 September.