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What will I learn?

Postgraduate diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree. A postgraduate diploma can often lead to a masters degree.

English

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.

English at Waikato will develop your critical thinking skills and appreciation for English, as well as prepare you to be a creative problem solver in your future career.

Career opportunities

  • Creative Writer
  • Editor
  • Freelance Writer
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Marketing Executive
  • Public Relations Executive

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$31,615.00 (US$ 22,411) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected March, July 2022

Venue

Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,

HAMILTON,

Hillcrest,

3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and previously completed study at an advanced level in the subject to be taken. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) Program.

For international students

  • A bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  • Previously completed study at an advanced level in the subject to be taken.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - 58 with no less than 50 for each communicative skill.; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, and who wish to start their studies in 2021, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests until further notice:

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110 for postgraduate programmes.

The University of Waikato will also accept IELTS and iBT TOEFL test results completed in the last 3 years, rather than the usual 2 years until further notice.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is renowned for its global research portfolio, distinctive future-focused courses, and world-class international education.

  • Top 300 institution worldwide (QS World University Rankings)
  • Small class sizes for personalized support
  • Over 2,000 internships and placements offered each year
  • Flexible degree structures for personal qualifications