Professional Writing

Studying Professional Writing at Waikato teaches you high-level skills as a reader, writer and editor with excellent verbal, grammatical and analytical skills to excel your writing career.

The Master of Professional Writing offers a research-led and strongly practice-based qualification in professional and creative writing. The core paper is designed specifically to enhance the workplace readiness of graduates, and elective papers range across a variety of fields from creative writing to writing for promotional purposes and advertising, for digital media and for scholarly and professional publication.

Students have the opportunity to include a writing internship and all MPW students will be offered an on-campus professional writing mentor, who will provide professional advice and direct students towards on-campus writing opportunities. Candidates for the Creative Writing Thesis are selected on the basis of assessment of a portfolio of work; students accepted for the Creative Writing Thesis complete a book-length manuscript of publishable standard.


Study Professional Writing in any of these qualifications

Prescriptions for the MPW

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MPW, a student must have completed either:

a) a bachelors degree (or equivalent) with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or

b) a bachelors degree with Honours (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).

Students must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, a 60 point dissertation, or a 30 point dissertation.

Students who are ineligible to continue with the Degree may be eligible to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Best Practice in the Writing ClassroomALED52230.0 Points
Research Methods in Applied LinguisticsAPPL50130.0 Points
Discourse Analysis and the Language ClassroomAPPL53030.0 Points
Research Writing for ESL Graduate StudentsAPPL57115.0 Points
Creative Writing ThesisCWRT594120.0 Points
Creative Writing: Writing and EmbodimentENGL54630.0 Points
Writing, Research and RevisionENGL55630.0 Points
Promotional WritingMCOM51430.0 Points
Writing in Research: Communication with StakeholdersMCOM51530.0 Points
Writing in Leadership CommunicationMCOM51630.0 Points
Researching the MediaSMST50130.0 Points
Writing for Web SeriesSMST50630.0 Points
ScriptwritingSMST50730.0 Points
Writing for PublicationWRIT50130.0 Points
Research in Fiction and Non-fictionWRIT50230.0 Points
Professional Writing InternshipWRIT50330.0 Points
Directed StudyWRIT59030.0 Points
DissertationWRIT59130.0 Points
DissertationWRIT59260.0 Points
Professional Writing ThesisWRIT59390.0 Points
Professional Writing ThesisWRIT594120.0 Points