Master of Writing
For students with an interest in professional, academic, creative and technical writing, this new 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 new Master of Writing degree will be set up for diverse careers, from business to government.
Students of this new highly versatile degree will study, produce, and be assessed on their professional, technical, and fiction and non-fiction writing.
Why study an MWrit at UC?
- New 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, 2017).
- Graduates who are confident and competent in many different written communication styles will stand out in a competitive job market.
Note that this qualification is only open to enrolments for study in 2018.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a 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.
Qualification specific requirements
Students should have achieved at least a B average in 300-level courses in their undergraduate degree, which should have had a strong written component.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
Students enrolled in the MWRIT will complete 180 points of coursework, including one 60-point project. This can be completed in 12-18 months of full-time study or 18-36 months part-time.
Students can start in February 2018 or July 2018.
Subjects and courses
MSS requires 180 points of coursework, with two compulsory courses:
- WRIT 401 Advanced Reading and Writing (30 points)
- WRIT 680 Extended Writing Project (60 points)
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Students can go on to study a PhD in English.
Graduates of this new 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.
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
University of Canterbury
Karl Popper Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800