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Bachelor of Arts (English)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all courses available at all campuses or each year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Understand how words shape our world

With a Massey BA (English), you can develop your passion for literature, studying how great writing has shaped identity, culture and society.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Study great texts from the past and present

Massey’s BA (English) offers you thorough coverage of 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 BA (English) gives you tools to understand how literature helps create the world we live in. You’ll explore the ethical and social power of literary language and rhetoric, helping you to think deeply about the world and your place in it.

Get an applied edge

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

Express your insights

You’ll get excellent training in expressing 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 develop expertise in analysis and communication
Antonia Prebble
Bachelor of Arts (English)

“As an actress wanting to study, Massey University’s distance programme was the obvious choice…”

While sitting exams overseas in places like the New Zealand Embassy in Paris is not the norm for most students, it was just one of many ways that Massey’s distance offerings were able to cater to my circumstances. I was able to gain my degree without having to worry about trying to attend lectures that didn’t fit with my filming schedule, and I still had support every step of the way.

I really enjoyed and appreciated my study experience with Massey. Their systems made correspondence learning as manageable as possible. I could access the impressive library services 24/7, and helpful knowledgeable advice from the staff at the contact centre was only a phone call away.


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 (English) graduates to research effectively, analyse rigorously and communicate with style.

Through studying English you will develop a set of flexible interpersonal and professional skills that ensure you remain agile and able to take on future opportunities. The career paths you’ll be able to explore include:

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

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