Postgraduate coursework

Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature

Learn theoretical and practical writing skills when you undertake the Graduate Diploma of Writing and English Literature course at Deakin. Apply now.

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Key facts

English language requirements

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


This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.

Course information

The Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature is designed to balance theoretical understandings with practical skills development. By providing a cross-disciplinary alternative, the Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature provides students with the opportunity to draw on the extensive range of units available across a suite of specialisations.

The Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature offers a cross-disciplinary foundation in Writing and Literature. Students have the opportunity to choose from an extensive range of units across specialisations in Children’s Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Professional Writing. The course provides specialised knowledge of critical and creative practices and ways of understanding writing, reading and preparing texts for publication as a cross-disciplinary activity. The course is designed for people with professional or personal interests in writing and literature who are seeking further professional qualifications while working.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising of:

  • 2 credit points of core units
  • 2 credit points of Writing units 
  • 2 credit points of Literature 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)

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature
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:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • 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

Graduates of this course will find employment opportunities in a broad range of organisations or will be able to pursue freelance or self-employment opportunities. The course provides professional development opportunities for those already employed in publishing, education, library services as well as published authors. Throughout the course, students will be exposed, not just to knowledge of writing and literature, but also to practices and ways of understanding writing as a cross-disciplinary activity which intersects with other creative and communication fields in digital, promotional and multimedia landscapes.

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

Acquire specialised knowledge of various aspects of writing and literature in particular the interplay between the study of literature and the production of effective creative and professional writing and specialised skills.

Apply this knowledge through independent critical thinking, sophisticated practice, and the ability to communicate ideas effectively.  


Communicate through writing that is technically proficient and demonstrates awareness of, or ability to extend, established writing conventions to produce works that communicate complex ideas effectively using suitable written forms and specialised techniques. 

Digital literacy

Employ a range of generic and specialised industry digital technologies for the research, production and presentation of texts, including technologies for the innovative generation or dissemination of complex ideas and works, or those required in various specialised professional contexts.

Critical thinking

Demonstrate specialised competencies in the production of texts and discourses informed by rigorous research, close reading, critical thinking and analysis, and by selecting and applying the appropriate writing forms and conventions to provide solutions to complex problems or specialised writing briefs. 

Problem solving

Analyse and respond to editorial or publishing briefs or opportunities by employing specialised creative and professional writing or communication strategies to identify, solve or reframe complex aesthetic, theoretical or real-world challenges and limitations.


Demonstrate personal and professional responsibility for learning through autonomy, accountability and a continued commitment to specialised learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner in professional scholarly and other contexts 


Actively participate in and make constructive contributions to processes of creative and critical collaboration within or across disciplines, sharing of peer feedback in writing workshops and online forums, and demonstrate professional and ethical negotiation with collaborators and colleagues. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate ethical global citizenship and awareness of cultural diversity and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and in professional roles and community collaborations. 

Approved by Faculty Board October 2015


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.

Entry pathways

A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Editing, English Literature, Literary Studies, Children's Literature, Professional Writing, Publishing, Creative Writing or Writing.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Dip entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 0.5 year (4 credit points)

Alternative exits

  • Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)

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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