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.

Entry requirements

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. 

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Writing or use the admission requirements checker. 

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 or July. 

Subjects and courses

MWRIT requires 180 points of coursework, with two compulsory courses: 

The remainder of courses must include at least one other 30-point 400-level WRIT course and come from a set list of courses (including PACE 495, DIGI 404, and ENGL 400-level courses).

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Students can go on to study a PhD in English.

Career opportunities

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. 

More information

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
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3377
Email artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz