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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Creative Writing
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Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Master of Creative Writing requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and will have:

(b) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree with at least a B grade average across the 200- and 300-level specialisation courses, or equivalent; or

(c) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's with Honours degree in Creative Writing, Expressive Arts or English, with at least a B grade average for the qualification, or equivalent; or

(d) been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Creative Writing, Expressive Arts or English, with at least a B grade average for the qualification, or equivalent;

and will have:

(e) been selected into the programme on the basis of an assessment of the substance and quality of a portfolio of creative writing prepared by the candidate.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates of the Degree of Master of Creative Writing shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:

(a) completion of Part One and Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification;

(b) attendance of a compulsory workshop either on-line or in person.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 2, the programme of study for candidates admitted under Regulation 1(c) or (d) will be at least 120 credits including Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification.

Specialisations

4. The Master of Creative Writing is awarded without a specialisation.

Student Progression

5. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Creative Writing may be awarded with distinction or merit.

6. For progression to Part Two of the Master of Creative Writing candidates must have maintained a grade average of at least a B+ over the 60 credits undertaken for Part One.

Completion Requirements

7. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes. Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate Arts, should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

9. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

10. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Master of Creative Writing prior to the beginning of the 2018 academic year who have completed at least 30 credits towards the degree may be permitted to substitute courses already completed for courses included in the Part One List A schedule to the degree. These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2020.

Schedule for the Master of Creative Writing

Part One (60 credits from)

List A (At least 30 credits from)

139.703 Critical and Creative Research 30 credits

139.765 New Directions in Creative Writing 30 credits

List B (No more than 30 credits from)

139.710 Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of Writing 30 credits

139.724 Literary Revolutions: Romantic and Victorian Literature 30 credits

139.750 Contemporary New Zealand Writers in an International Context 30 credits

139.758 Postcolonial Theory and Writing 30 credits

139.763 Community Theatre 30 credits

139.799 Research Report (30) 30 credits

154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits

154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture 30 credits
P 154.204 or 154.224 or 154.304

Part Two (120 credits from)

139.860 Thesis 120 credits

139.861 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits

139.862 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
C 139.861

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