Interested in postgraduate studies in English?
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 (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.
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.
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.