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Overview

Understand how words shape our world

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

  • Level

  • Graduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (English) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of English. You can use it to study another subject area without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

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: who will 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.

Careers and further study

Careers

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
  • manager
  • speech writer
  • travel writer
  • blogger
  • reviewer.

Further study

Once you have completed your Graduate Certificate in Arts (English) you can go on to postgraduate study if you wish.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (English) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.

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

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Courses for this specialisation

An endorsement consists of 45 credits in English, including: at least 30 credits from the Endorsement List A courses; at least 30 credits at 300 level; and 15 credits at any level from the English schedule.

Endorsement List A: Courses

139111 Podcasting: Producing Audio Stories 15
139202 Romantic Writing: Self and Nature 15
139211 Shakespeare 15
139232 Crime Story: Detection as a Narrative Genre 15
139239 Literary Landmarks: Words that Changed the World 15
139244 Writing for the Public 15
139253 American Literature 15
139255 Critical Periods in Aotearoa New Zealand Literature 15
139270 Young Adult Fiction 15
139303 Modern Drama 15
139305 Twentieth Century Literature 15
139306 Writing Shakespeare’s England 15
139307 Territory, Modernity, and Victorian Literature 15
139325 The Gothic Imagination 15
139340 The Publishing Project 15
139352 Postcolonial Literature 15
139362 Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa 15
139376 Sexual/Textual Politics 15

Endorsement List B: Courses

139209 Speaking: Theory and Practice 15
139229 Writing Poetry 15
154308 Screen Fictions 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.

Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • love to experience exceptional writing
  • want to understand how words and narratives shape society
  • are keen to start developing expertise in analysis and communication.

Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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