12 months
20113 USD/year
5289 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Storytelling is an integral part of life. Auckland University of Technology's Master of Creative Writing embraces the multiple modes through which storytelling can occur, including not just novels and short stories but writing for the screen, graphic novels, and multimedia texts.

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Key facts:

The Master of Creative Writing  is the centrepiece of the Auckland University of Technology Centre for Creative Writing. As a Master of Creative Writing student, you take part in masterclasses led by experienced mentors who are among the most accomplished writers and creative writing tutors in the country.

The Master of Creative Writing for Scriptwriters offers dedicated masterclasses and industry-style script development pods for writers who want to bring their ideas to the screen.

Programme Structure


  • Master of Creative Writing students participate in 24 masterclasses with some of the most accomplished tertiary-based creative writing teachers in the country.
  • Successful applicants will be assigned a mentor - in rare cases, two - to provide expert feedback and support on their project as it develops. In many cases these mentors are the centre's key tutors, but where appropriate we will liaise with outside parties to secure candidates' preferred mentor(s).
  • Blogging is used as a medium for the crucial peer review feedback component of this programme. It’s your chance to compose your responses to your peers’ work and post useful links and other resources. 
  • At the heart of the Master of Creative Writing is your primary creative work (or ‘thesis’). You also develop an accompanying exegesis, a short piece of written and/or multimedia work that frames your creative project as research.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • International Students: Applications will be processed up to the start of the semester depending on programme availability.




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

One of the following:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours
  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of advanced study
  • Special admission (bachelor’s degree and creative work equivalent to one year of advanced study)
  • Exceptional admission (for established practitioners with a substantial body of creative work)

Applicants who don't meet the academic entry requirements are encouraged to contact Cynthia D'Souza if professional creative writing experience may be considered as an entry pathway.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20113 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20113 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5289 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5289 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • Domestic: NZ$8,711
    • International: NZ$33,058


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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