BA (Honours) and MA entry requirements
If you wish to enrol for a BA (Honours) or an MA in English you must have completed a minimum of seven courses in English, including at least two at 300 level.
If you have completed one course at 300 level in another subject you may, at the discretion of the Honours Coordinator, be admitted to the course with six courses in English, including two at each level.
Admission to 400-level courses presupposes an average grade of B or better in English papers taken at the BA level; but special attention is usually paid to performance at 300 level, and early results which fail to reach the required standard are of less significance.
Prospective MA thesis writers are normally expected to achieve Second Class Honours Division One at the 400 level.
If you are intending to enrol in 400-level courses you are advised to contact the Honours Coordinator, in person or in writing and if possible at the end of the year before the one in which you hope to enrol. Provided you have the prerequisites you can be sure that you will be welcome in the course. However, notifying us early about your intentions helps you and us to do some advance planning. It also enables the Honours Coordinator to contact you if any queries or problems arise relating to your enrolment or the paper you propose to take. At any point, if you have questions about any aspect of the course or would like advice about your choice of papers contact the Honours Coordinator.
Note that you still need to complete normal pre-enrolment and enrolment procedures with the Registry.
English also welcomes enquiries from students wishing to take one or two English courses in conjunction with BA (Honours) or MA courses in another programmes.
To be admitted as a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English, you must first satisfy the University requirements for enrolment. These requirements will be found in the Registry PhD Guidelines. The Guidelines should be read with care and attention: they spell out in detail what is required of you as a PhD candidate and what your rights are as to supervision. You should study them closely.
Acceptance of your enrolment within the English programme depends on two main factors - whether the programme has the necessary expertise to offer you high-quality supervision and whether the University of Canterbury has the library resources necessary for you to complete the project to the required standard.
Intending doctoral students are invited to discuss their proposal with the Postgraduate Coordinator, who will advise on possible supervisors.
Graduates of other universities
Graduates of other New Zealand and overseas universities are eligible for admission to the Honours course if they hold the equivalent of this University's prerequisites. Students seeking admission should send to the Honours Coordinator full details of their previous academic record by 1 December of the year preceding commencement of studies, if possible.
Changing direction: The Graduate Diploma
Students with a completed degree in another field may pursue graduate work in English by obtaining a Graduate Diploma. This entails completing five courses in undergraduate English including at least three at Level 300. The programme needs to be approved in advance by the Head of Department.