Postgraduate coursework

Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies

Take your creativity a step further and learn about traditional and new forms of literature with a postgrad Graduate Diploma of English Literary Studies.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


2 years part time


Course information

The Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies provides students with advanced skills in analysing literary works.  It hones students’ ability to research and analyse complex written information and to contextualise issues based on historical, political, cultural and social circumstances.

The Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies is designed for people with professional and personal interests in literature and in creative writing who are seeking further professional qualifications while working. The course offers you the possibility of studying at an advanced level a number of topics related to English or literary studies: The ways in which the discipline was constituted in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is now being reconstituted to reflect social and cultural change; generic traditions and variations; oral and written forms; creative and critical approaches; variations related to gender and age.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies, students must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 credit points of compulsory core units;
  • 2 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)


Core units


Elective units



Core units

  • Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches ALL702
  • Vision and Revision: Short Stories Now ALL705
  • Histories, Fictions ALL706
  • Contemporary Poetry ALL727
  • Foundations in Narrative Theory ALL743
  • Writing and Film ALL784


    2 credit points of electives chosen from the units offered in the specialisations of Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist

    for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.


    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    The courses are designed for professionals working in fields requiring high-level analytical and writing skills, such as teaching, the public service and fields related to the publishing industry where flexibility and multi-skilling enhance employment opportunities.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of a range of literary theories, concepts, and approaches, and advanced skills in applying them to works of literature. 


    Demonstrate advanced command of the critical and theoretical vocabularies and language required to interpret, argue and fluently and persuasively transmit ideas.

    Digital literacy

    Demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of research databases, bibliographic and digital communication technologies to research, produce and present scholarly work.

    Show judgement and discrimination in the identification and selection of relevant and credible information sources and with regard for their ethical use.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate advanced understanding of techniques to critically analyse and evaluate the influence of narrative strategies, genre conventions and cultural assumptions on the content of works of literature.

    Demonstrate advanced skills in the application of theory and research to the interrogation of literary works.

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theoretical, historical and contemporary critical and analytical approaches to literary analysis and skill in applying them to the design and execution of solutions to a range of scholarly, aesthetic and/or ideological problems.


    Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reflective learning and initiative, autonomy, accountability and responsibility for learning outcomes. 


    Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to actively, collaboratively and ethically contribute to mutual learning goals in located and online environments. 

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate ethical and cross-cultural knowledge of, and skills when engaging with, the diverse cultural, social and political contexts in which literary texts are produced and consumed. 

    Approved by Faculty Board June 2014


    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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