Graduate Certificate in Arts (English)

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Understand how words shape our world

With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (English), you can study English without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

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What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (English) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of English. You can then apply for a postgraduate qualification in English if you wish.

Study great texts from the past and present

With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (English) you’ll experience great literature in English, from Shakespeare to the present day. Our courses are taught by active researchers who share your love of literature: they’ll introduce you to amazing writing and the reasons why it matters.

Think deeply about the power of language

A Massey Graduate Certificate in Arts (English) gives you tools to understand how literature helps create the world we live in. You’ll begin to explore the ethical and social power of literary language and rhetoric, and start thinking deeply about the world and your place in it.

Get applied skills

Choose from a range of courses where you can use your English skills in creative and applied ways. Expand your horizons by taking a course in creative writing, theatre studies or public and professional writing.

Express your insights

You’ll learn to express yourself in a range of written, digital and oral forms. You’ll develop specialised skills in reading and writing that are transferable into any professional career.

A good fit if you:

  • Love to experience amazing writing
  • Want to understand how words and narratives shape society
  • Are keen to start developing expertise in analysis and communication


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 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 will keep you agile and able to take on future opportunities. The roles you might explore include:

  • Teacher
  • Policy analyst
  • Writer, editor, publisher or researcher
  • Communicator
  • Arts administrator, developer or manager
  • Speech writer, travel writer, blogger or reviewer

Academic advice

Do you need help choosing your courses, or would you like to speak to an Adviser about your study? We would love to help you so please contact us.

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