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Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Auckland , North Island of New Zealand ,New Zealand

Master of Creative Writing

Storytelling is an integral part of life. AUT'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.

The Master of Creative Writing is the centerpiece of the AUT Centre for Creative Writing. As a Master of Creative Writing candidate, you take part in masterclasses led by our experienced mentors, who are among the most accomplished writers and creative writing tutors in the country. Peer feedback and networking with industry bodies (including publishers, writers societies and the film industry), are key components of the program. We also follow up with regular alumni meetings, and staff and alumni have gone on to collaborate on successful publishing initiatives.

Campus Information


Our City Campus is in the heart of Auckland. It is AUT’s biggest campus and home to most academic units and the central administration, including the Vice-Chancellor’s office.


  • March Deadline: May

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview
10 Days
Conditional/Unconditional Offer Letter
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

  • Creative industries
  • Media and new media
  • Professional writing
  • Publishing

PSW Opportunity

3 years

Your qualification at level 7 or higher is acceptable if your course lasted 30 weeks or more.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum entry 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.

Other requirements

  • Portfolio of creative writing (20 pages of original work for the page, screen or multimedia)
  • May be required to submit evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level, and attend a selection interview

This portfolio will be reviewed by the chair and tutors in the Centre for Creative Writing. Successful candidates will have a mentor appointed through discussion with the chair to supervise the development of their creative work. Send your portfolio to Dr Paul Mountfort, Chair, Centre for Creative Writing.

  • Course Code: AK1303
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 34050 NZD
    Annual Cost of Living: 15000 NZD
    Application Fee: N/A
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