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Regulations - Arts

The Degree of Master of Creative Writing – MCW

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.


1 In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have completed:

a (i) the requirements for a four-year Bachelors degree


(ii) the requirements for a Bachelors (Honours) degree


(iii) the requirements for a Bachelors degree


(a) a professional qualification equivalent to one year’s advanced study


(b) at least three years of professional experience deemed relevant to this programme by Senate or its representative


b submitted a portfolio of creative writing which is judged by the Programme Coordinator to be of sufficient standard for entry into the programme.

Note: This is a limited entry programme as per the Limitation of Entry Statute 1991 and selection criteria apply. Selection criteria are available from the Faculty of Arts.

Duration and Total Points Value

2 A student enrolled for this degree must:

a pass courses with a total value of 120 points


b complete within 12 months of initial enrolment, unless Senate or its representative extend this period.

Structure and Content

3 Research Masters

A student enrolled for this degree must pass 120 points: CREWRIT 797 Creative Writing.

4 A student admitted to this programme must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.


5 a The creative writing project is to be carried out under the guidance of a supervisor or supervisors appointed by Senate or its representative.

b The project topic must be approved by the Programme Coordinator prior to enrolment.

c The project is to be completed and submitted in accordance with the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.


6 This degree may be awarded with Honours as specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.


7 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.


8 These regulations have been amended with effect from 1 January 2014.