Master of Arts (MA) majoring in English




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research.
Are you seeking the ability to think critically and communicate well? A Master of Arts (MA) from Waikato will teach you the skills to work independently and see a major project through to completion. These are characteristics that are highly sought after by employers.
Enrolling in a MA gives you the opportunity to engage in independent (but supervised) research in one or more of a wide range of Arts subjects. Graduating with an MA provides you with a gateway to a higher research degree or to a wide range of careers.
English at Waikato prepares you for what employers want - a trained mind and the ability to understand and creatively solve problems with words. You'll grow your appreciation for major literary works and a love for the English language.
Literature encompasses the total human experience and comes forth in stories, songs, laments and praise. It draws out the nuances of human nature and imagination and compliments the other arts.
English at Waikato stays relevant by constantly evolving and adapting to newer art forms including film, graphic novel and creative non-fiction.
No matter if you're an English major or just taking a few papers, you'll discover English is about answering deep artistic and aesthetic questions. And the quality you'll get at Waikato is excellent we're a top 250 QS-rated subject.
You'll be immersed in fiction, plays and poetry and explore its potential to shape our world. You'll also have the choice to specialise in creative writing and learn from award-winning writers as well as have the opportunity to publish in Mayhem, our online literary journal. Your writing will gain clarity and subtlety as you develop your unique voice.
Career opportunities
Creative Writer
Freelance Writer
Marketing Executive
Public Relations Executive


Which department am I in? Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Applicants must be a graduate of a recognised Bachelors degree with a B/B+ grade average. You must also have a major in the relevant subject area with a B/B+ grade average. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL paper-based score of 577 overall including a TWE of 5.0 (100 overall and TWE of 5.5 for Graduate Law); TOEFL computer-based score of 233 including a TWE of 5.0 (5.5 for Graduate Law); PTE Academic overall score of 65 and no less than 58 for each communicative skill; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes with overall score of C with C in the writing band; Certificate in Academic English (CAEL level 8) with B grade; and to those who have studied fulltime at university level in English for two years or more may apply to have the English language requirements waived. They need to provide evidence of this at the time of application. English language waivers are considered by the relevant Faculty on a case by case basis.

Entry Requirement For International Student

Following the successful completion of the BA or BA(Hons) you may apply for the Master of Arts degree. The MA is awarded with classes of honours.
To be admitted to the MA, you must have completed a Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) or a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (or equivalent) in the same subject and must have achieved a satisfactory grade average - normally a B+ average or better.
You will also need to have appropriate supervision arranged.
English language requirements:
IELTS - 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing); iBT (internet based TOFEL) - 90 with a score of 22 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic- 65 with English language requirements no less than 58 for each communicative skill; From Waikato Pathways College - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) programme.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by this university
Eastern Institute of Technology offers below pathways courses for this subject NZ Diploma in Visual Arts and Design

Full Time (1-1.5 Years)

For first semester: RM 5,750; 2nd - 3rd semesters: RM 3,850; 4th semester: RM 3,350; Fifth and subsequent semesters: RM 3,600

26 February 2018, 9 July 2018

The University of Waikato Hamilton Campus, Gate 1 Knighton Road, HAMILTON, Hillcrest, 3240, New Zealand