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Study a Master of Creative Writing with us

Why study with us?

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Overview

Improve your skills in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other forms of writing. Gain an understanding of the theories and histories of writing and develop the core skills that will allow you to structure, write and edit write at an advanced level.

We proudly offer Australia’s most research-intensive creative writing program, built on a commitment to integrate creative writing and critical reading. Our program encourages diversity and experimentation to support your ideas and ambitions: we'll help you find, and develop, your literary voice.  

Studying with us also means gaining access to Sydney’s literary life. You'll be exposed to a ceaseless calendar of readings, performances, major cultural events, and myriad professional guests.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 15 January)
Semester 2
- 15 July of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 30 June)

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2
- 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Creative Writing you must complete 72 credit points including:

  • 24 credit points from selective units of study; and
  • a minimum of 30 credit points from elective units of study including at least two workshop selective units; and
  • a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning / credit for previous studies is available for this course, refer to Admission requirement below.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, you shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. You 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.

You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Eligible Master of Creative Writing students will complete a supervised final project over two semesters that will serve as their capstone dissertation.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Master of Creative Writing (1.5 years full-time) requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) 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
  • completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Portfolio

All applicants for the Master of Creative Writing must also include a portfolio of 1,500 to 3,000 words of prose writing or 10 to 15 pages of poetry with their application.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have completed previous studies in a related area or have relevant work experience, you can reduce the length of your studies or receive credit based on the Recognition of Prior Learning criteria below.

Admission to candidature for the Master of Creative Writing (1 year full-time) requires: 

  • an Honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • relevant professional work experience and a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet the requirements listed above for direct entry to the Master’s degree, you may be able to enter via a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same subject area and upgrade to the Master’s after successful completion of the shorter course

Career Pathways

If you want to improve your creative writing skills and understand the theories and histories of writing, this course will suit you.

Some Creative Writing students have become published writers during or after their candidature; many have found careers in advertising, publishing, script writing, journalism and editing as well as teaching.

Domestic students

International students

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