Master of Writing
For students with an interest in professional, academic, creative, and technical writing, this coursework-based Master’s degree allows students to specialise and deepen their expertise.
Students will apply skills of advanced textual analysis and written communication to a wide range of contexts, audiences, and styles, and also connect their studies to the community and the workplace. By bringing together a diverse range of writing modes, graduates of the Master of Writing degree will be set up for diverse careers, from creative industries to business and government.
Students of this highly versatile degree will study, produce, and be assessed on their professional, technical, and fiction and non-fiction writing.
- One year, taught master’s degree.
- Written communication was identified by graduates as the third most valuable skill (UC Graduate Destinations Survey, 2015).
- UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).
- Graduates who are confident and competent in many different written communication styles will stand out in a competitive job market.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Students should have achieved at least a B grade average in 300-level courses in their undergraduate degree, which should have had a strong written component.
How to apply
You can enrol online at MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
For an information and inquiry form, see the Department of English website.
Students enrolled in the MWRIT will complete 180 points of coursework, including one 60-point project.
This can be completed in 1 year of full-time study, or up to 3 years part-time.
MWRIT requires 180 points of coursework, with two compulsory courses:
And a choice of:
Graduates of this applied Master’s degree will be able to:
- apply advanced skills in writing to a range of professional, technical, organisational, community, and creative contexts;
- write effectively within a range of registers and genres, and for a range of purposes;
- respond to the requirements of different audiences and media;
- engage the creative dimensions of professional writing and the professional dimensions of creative writing;
- undertake research relevant to their writing tasks;
- analyse critically the writing of others and apply what they discover to their own writing;
- provide editorial advice for other writers;
- understand and articulate the implications of being a writer in Aotearoa New Zealand/Niu Sila, especially in regard to te ao me te reo Māori, and the Pasifika philosophy of teu le va.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Writing.
For study planning help contact the Department of English or the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800