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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English)

This course is available

Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected

Summary

Build on your undergraduate interests and develop your research and analysis skills.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English) at Massey gives you the chance to study important literary genres and periods in depth. You will also explore the complexities of literary language and rhetoric.

Study great texts from the past and present

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English) offers you thorough coverage of great literature in English, from Shakespeare to the present day. Electives are available in theatre studies, rhetoric and creative writing. Our courses are taught by active researchers who share your love of literature and language; they’ll introduce you to amazing writing and the reasons why it matters.

Think deeply about the power of language

A Massey Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English) helps you understand how language shapes the world we live in. You’ll explore the ethical and social power of imaginative writing and rhetoric, and think deeply about the world and your place in it.

Careers

Your love of literature and writing can take you into a range of professions where literacy, critical thinking and communication skills are highly valued. Employers appreciate the ability of BA Honours (English) graduates to research effectively, analyse rigorously and communicate with style.

Through studying English you’ll develop a set of flexible interpersonal and professional skills that ensure you remain agile and able to take on future opportunities.

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • teaching English, creative writing, theatre studies, and English as a second language
  • publishing and e-publishing: writing, editing, researching, technical writing
  • working as a literary agent /writing coach
  • web content development
  • journalism
  • freelance speech writing, travel writing, blogging and reviewing
  • librarianship
  • liaison and relationship management
  • arts administration
  • community development
  • corporate training
  • corporate event management.

Entry criteria

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English) you will have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

You will need to have achieved a grade average in your bachelor degree that demonstrates an adequate level of preparation for the postgraduate programme. This normally means that a B- grade average or above is required.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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