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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in English

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

English: Studying English opens up worlds and times beyond our experience, helping us understand – and question – our own social, natural, and technological environments.

Overview: Studying literature opens up worlds and times beyond our experience, helping us understand and reflect on our own history, society, and identity. English is a core skill for almost every form of study, career, and daily life.

What will my study involve:

Learn how to analyse texts, write clearly and creatively, debate and critique effectively, and how literature adapts to cultural and historical influences. Chance to create your own fictional or non-fictional works, from poetry to novels to essays in a variety of different courses. Alongside courses on the novel, theatre, and 20th century literature, we also offer courses in fields such as children’s literature, human-animal studies, and popular fiction (including science fiction, horror, and fantasy).

Career Opportunities:Reading, analysing, and critiquing skills are useful in a huge range of occupations, including journalism, law, communications, publications, and even digital spaces. University studies may open the way towards creating your own works and becoming a published author. Career pathways could include: digital media and communications reporting publishing and editing advertising and content writing.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not My Best scores.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
  • Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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