We offer a fascinating range of undergraduate and Honours courses in English Literature, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies. Our teaching staff are also experienced and innovative researchers who publish their research as books and journal articles. We host a dynamic community of students at MA and PhD levels.


Staff and postgraduate students are actively involved in a variety of research

English Literature

Experience literature in English from different cultures and different times. Learn to analyse and interpret stories, plays and poems. Develop your communication skills.

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  • English Literature


Film is a powerful means to tell stories, share knowledge and communicate. Explore the historical, cultural and technological perspectives of cinema in the city that is home to New Zealand’s film industry.

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  • Film

Media Studies

From print media to television, popular music, the internet and mobile technologies, the media is integral to how we navigate and understand the world. Explore one of the main ways we come to know ourselves and our society.

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  • Media Studies
  • Popular Music Studies


Step inside the world of theatre. From writing to lighting to stage fighting—learn how to tell stories through the art of live performance, and study the critical and historical dimensions of theatre.

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  • Theatre
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  • Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand Studies in popular music

    Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand Studies in popular music

    Dr Geoff Stahl has co-edited this collection of work on the history, sociology and musicology of 20th Century popular music of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, including a chapter by Dr April Henderson: 'Giving Back in Wellington: Deep Relations, Whakapapa and Reciprocity in Transnational Hip Hop.'

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    Prestigious prize for Pasifika theatre book

    Associate Professor in Theatre David O’Donnell and co-author Associate Professor Lisa Warrington from the University of Otago have been awarded the Rob Jordan Prize for the best book on a subject related to drama or theatre studies by the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA).

  • Dr Joost de Bruin

    New FHSS Associate Dean (Academic Programmes) appointed

    Senior lecturer in Media Studies Dr Joost de Bruin has been appointed as the next FHSS Associate Dean (Academic Programmes) effective from Monday 2 July. His scholarship includes research on television format adaptation, indigenous language media, and migrant cultures and media.

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Upcoming events

  • Ivor Montagu and Film

    A biographical exploration of his multi-faceted film career.

    Venue: Room 103, 81 Fairlie Terrace (FT81/103)