English at the University of Auckland involves the study of texts of all kinds. We examine fiction, drama and poetry, and also other types of writing. 

Postgraduate study in English allows you to pursue your interests through coursework, extend your methodological skills, and pursue specialised research projects in literary studies, drama and theatre studies, cultural and critical theory, critical or creative writing. You can explore the intersections between literature and art, critical and creative practices.

Areas of study

Study and research opportunities in English reflect our established research strengths: medieval and early modern literature; Shakespeare; nineteenth-century literature; New Zealand and post-colonial studies; Irish literature; modern poetry; drama; women’s writing; narrative theory.

We are also developing research excellence and extending study opportunities in: Literary and cultural theory; Māori and Pacific literature; indigenous studies; evolution and literature; children’s literature; popular fiction; psychoanalysis and literature; writing studies and creative writing.

You can study English in the following programmes:

What you will learn

English offers diverse opportunities to study the literature of different eras and countries. You can also focus on writing itself - the theories that relate to it, and your own writing practice. You can explore the intersections between literature and art, critical and creative practices.

Academic staff in English are actively engaged researchers committed to training the next generation of literary scholars. Our students also develop advanced skills in communication and argument that can be used in many other careers.

Career opportunities

English provides excellent training in critical thinking, analytical skills and in organising and expressing your ideas. Our graduates have careers in administration, the arts, business, communications, government service, publishing, teaching and libraries.

More information

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