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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all courses are available each semester.
  • Not available for international students

Shape our world with words

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English) you’ll build on your undergraduate interests and develop your research and analysis skills.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in doing a Master of Arts
  • Want to take your English and analysis skills to a higher level
  • Enjoy exploring ideas within a supportive teaching environment


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

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