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English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #227 (QS) ,
Do you enjoy reading and writing? Novels, plays, short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction help shape and reflect our individual identities and collective culture. Studying literature opens up worlds and times beyond our experience. It also helps you understand – and question – your own social, natural and technological environments.


At the same time, students of English develop skills in research, interpretation, analysis, formulating an argument, and writing clearly and precisely. This skillset is useful for a huge range of occupations, such as journalism, law, communications, publications and creative writing.

Why study English at UC?
  • Established in 1874, the Department of English has a distinguished history of excellent and innovative scholarship; in the 1930s the department pioneered the teaching of New Zealand and Commonwealth literature, while today it leads New Zealand universities in such exciting new fields as children's literature, human-animal studies, digital literacy studies and popular fiction (including science fiction, horror and fantasy fiction).
  • These fields complement the Department's established core areas: Shakespeare, essay writing, the novel, theatre and 20th century literature.

Programme Structure

The courses include:
  • Great Works
  • The Outsider
  • The Stage and Stagecraft
  • Childhood in Children's Literature
  • Writing for Academic Success
  • Creative Writing: Skills, Techniques and Strategies
  • The Essay and Beyond: Creative Non-Fiction
  • Science, Technology and Literature
  • Exceptional Americans: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Children's Classics: Popular Children's Texts and their Representation on Film
  • Special Topic: Theatre: Direction, Design and Dramaturgy
  • Creative Writing: Short Fiction
  • Cultural Politics/Cultural Activism
  • Creative Writing for Screen
  • From Bambi to Kong: The Animal in American Popular Culture

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

Prior study in English is helpful, or in classics, theatre and drama, history, or media studies at school – but the best background is simply a love of reading and writing, and an interest in the cultures, stories, and ideas that surround us every day.

Qualification specific requirements
  • Candidates must have qualified for a bachelor's degree and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33383 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33383 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6556 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6556 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

All fees are set and invoiced in New Zealand Dollars.

Living costs for Christchurch

  • 1300 - 2000 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Student loans and allowances

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Overseas financial aid

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