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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.

Our teaching staff come from a variety of literary backgrounds and contribute to course learning and cultural life on campus. We also host the annual Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture to commemorate one of New Zealand's most important writers.

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.

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Career opportunities

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

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Engl) and GradDip(Engl)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included English at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Engl), PGDip(Engl), BA(Hons) and MA

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate English papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level English papers or all their undergraduate English papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) in English, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ENGL591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for English.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in English, a student must have completed either:

a) a BA with a major in English (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level English papers or all of their undergraduate English papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) in English (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA in English vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTS101Old Worlds - New WorldsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
ENGL104Telling the StoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL105New Zealand LiteratureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL112From Page to ScreenThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL113English.ConfidenceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGLI100Telling the Story18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, with examples from the poems of Keats to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
ENGLI101Adaptations18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGL202Shakespeare's TheatreThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL203Global FictionsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL204ComedyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL211Food WritingThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL214History of the English LanguageThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL215Creative Writing: Voice and ImageThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL220Utopias and DystopiasThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGLI200Global Fictions18A (Hamilton)
This paper examines literary responses to contemporary modernity, and situates itself in a world where countries and peoples are increasingly interconnected through travel, immigration, the Internet. In these urbanised spaces issues such as terrorism, climate change, and consumerism abound.
ENGLI201Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques18A (Hamilton)
This paper is an introductory study of specific literary forms, in particular the tropes and techniques of either comedy or tragedy. The focus will vary from year to year.
ENGLI202Shakespeare's Worlds18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores Shakespeare's worlds in performance and in print, examining his plays and poems in the context of the dynamic cultural outputs from many other Renaissance artists.
FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
WRIT260Special Topic in Writing StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
WRITE201Applied Writing: Food Writing18B (Hamilton)
This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus.
WRITE202Creative Writing: Voice and Image18B (Hamilton)
This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.'
WRITE203Special Topic: Inspiring Work18T (Hamilton)
This paper examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing, and enables students to develop their writing skills through a range of creative exercises and workshop activities.
WRITE205Writing for the Screen18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores key concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: concepts, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGL303Renaissance Poetry CodeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL304Victorians & Neo-VictoriansThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL305Modern Medieval18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the ways in which selected medieval narratives and themes have been re-written and re-invented in various cultural forms (including art and film) from early modernity to the present.
ENGL309Going Places: Life, Literature and TravelThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL314Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction18B (Hamilton)
An intensive writing workshop focused on creative non-fiction. Students will develop skills in a variety of genres through discussion of course readings, workshop exercises and critique of work in progress.
ENGL316Literary TheoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL320Tragedy18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a survey of the literary genre of tragedy from Shakespeare to the present day via a consideration of plays, novels, poems and films.
ENGL321The Gothic Mode: Text and Theory18B (Hamilton)
This paper considers the complex nature of the Gothic in literature. Primary texts are approached via a range of theoretical perspectives, including gender studies/queer theory, psychoanalysis and historicist approaches.
ENGL322Special Topic: Transnational Modernisms18A (Hamilton)
This paper combines canonical and global modernisms to explore the ways in which writers in countries such as the UK, Sudan, the Caribbean, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia responded to the conditions of their modernity.
ENGL390Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGL509The Literature of Trauma18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the relationship between memory, suffering and writing in the literature of war, the Holocaust, physical trauma and mental illness.
ENGL515New Zealand LiteratureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL530Special Topic: MedievalismsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
ENGL531Special Topic: Literature and the Medicalised Body18B (Hamilton)
'Odd to think that the piece of you I know best is already dead. The cells on the surface of your skin are thin and flat without blood-vessels or nerve-endings.' - Jeanette Winterson, 'The Cells, Tissues, Systems and Cavities of the Body'. This paper explores literature's engagement with the medicalised body and mind, mapping out...
ENGL546Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment18A (Hamilton)
A writing-intensive course focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting resonant sentences aware of the sensory impact of language.
ENGL556Writing, Research and Revision18A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed for students who wish to produce any form of non-fiction writing designed for publication, whether in the form of academic research or other environments where writing skills are required. It will equip students with drafting, revising, editing, copy-editing and proof-reading skills and give them experience i...
ENGL590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGL591Dissertation18B (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENGL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENGL593English Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENGL594English Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGL800English MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGL900English PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
No description available.

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English Programme


English is available as a major for the BA. English may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in English, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in English, including at least 60 points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in English include two of ENGL104, ENGL105, ENGL112 or ARTS101 in the first year of their programme of study. One of GERM302 or SPAN305 may be counted towards a major in English.

A specialisation in Creative Writing is available to students majoring in English. To complete this specialisation, students must gain 80 points above 100 level from papers listed for the specialisation, including at least 40 points above the 200 level. The Creative Writing specialisation may be taken in place of a supporting subject. English is also home to the University’s programme in Writing Studies.

Students considering graduate study in English are advised to include a range of modern and historical papers in English in their undergraduate programme of study.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4922
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: engl-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: engl-grad@waikato.ac.nz