Master of Creative Writing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

New, developing and established writers who wish to explore and develop their skills will enjoy the wide offering of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting on offer in the Master of Creative Writing.

This course is also highly suited to teachers who wish to be better able to explain the processes and skills involved in creative writing, and literature scholars of all levels who wish to encounter living writers and to better understand writing processes.

You will have the opportunity to learn from renowned and award-winning authors, poets and screenwriters in the heart of Australia’s most vibrant writing and publishing community. Units range from introductory to advanced workshops and ‘meet-the-writer’ units, to more structured and academic opportunities to study contemporary movements in the writing of poetry and prose.

Structuring, writing and editing skills are at the core of the degree, although the course addresses many other aspects of the writing process, from the development of ideas and finding of voice to final publication and questions concerning the role of writers and writing within society.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


To qualify for the award of the Master of Creative Writing a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:

(a) a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study; and

(b) a maximum of 30 credit points from elective units of study including at least one Workshop unit of study and one Writers at Work unit of study.

With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Creative Writing subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties.

(c) a minimum of 12 credit points from capstone units of study.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible Master of Creative Writing students will complete a supervised final project that will serve as their capstone. This will included a workshop and a supervised dissertation.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

If you are interested in improving your skills in creative writing and understanding theories and histories of writing, this course will suit you. Some Creative Writing students have become published writers during or after their candidature or have found careers in publishing and editing as well as teaching.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Creative Writing requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

An applicant for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters of Creative Writing must also include a portfolio of 1500 to 3000 words of prose writing or 10 to 15 pages of poetry with their application.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Creative Writing.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Creative Writing.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

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Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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Additional incidental fees

Additional incidental fees not available for Master of Creative Writing.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Creative Writing.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Master of Creative Writing.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Master of Creative Writing.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of Creative Writing.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Creative Writing.