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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (English)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning

Shape our world with words

With Massey’s Bachelor of Arts with Honours (English), you can take your undergraduate study of English further.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) parent structure.

What is it like?

Follow your interests further

A BA Hons (English) at Massey gives you the chance to study important literary genres and periods in depth. You’ll also explore the complexities of literary language and rhetoric.

Study great texts from the past and present

Massey’s BA Honours (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 BA Honours (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.

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 many professional careers.

A good fit if you:

  • Were a high-achieving undergraduate English student
  • Are interested in postgraduate study
  • Want to stand out in a crowded marketplace
  • Would like to investigate a particular issue in English, rhetoric or theatre studies through independent supervised research


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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