12 months
19297 EUR/year
5420 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Build on your undergraduate interests and develop your research and analysis skills. The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English) programme offered by Massey University.


Follow your interests further

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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical and Creative Research
  • Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of Writing
  • Literary Revolutions: Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • Early Modern Drama: Form and Performance
  • Contemporary New Zealand Writers in an International Context
  • Postcolonial Theory and Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19297 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19297 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5420 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5420 EUR per year during 12 months.

National: 8,975 NZD International: 31,950 NZD


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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