Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

Course summary for current students


2015 course information

Award granted Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code042687E
Deakin course codeA748

pipelining course from 2015

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) offers study in a unique combination of literary and creative writing options, together with the possibility for cross-disciplinary explorations and access to the more practical and applied areas of journalism, media and communications and public relations.

The course is delivered in both located and Cloud (online) study modes, employing flexible, blended teaching and learning methodologies and offering you a broad range of options to design your own program to suit your interests.

The course is designed to provide career enhancement for those who wish to be employed in the fields of children’s literature, literary studies and professional writing.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Literary Studies (A535)
Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature (A641)
Graduate Diploma of Journalism (A649)
Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies (A635)
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing (A661)

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To qualify for the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

  • a minimum of 6 credit points to be taken from the following specialisations, including at least 4 credit points (including core units) from one specialisation:
    • Children's Literature
    • Literary Studies
    • Professional Writing 
  • a further 6 credit points of electives selected from units offered in the specialisations and/or from units offered in the Master of Communication (A747) 

See the Master of Communication (A747) for available units.

Note: Students who complete a specialisation of 4 credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.  


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Children's Literature
Literary Studies
Professional Writing

Note: Not all units in the specialisations are offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (online) mode. Please carefully check availability of units in the course structure and unit descriptions.

Research Pathway

Students may also choose to include a Research component within the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) to enable them to proceed to Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Programs.

Normally, students must complete at least four credit points of course work with a distinction average before applying for the research pathway. Students interested in undertaking the research component should seek advice after completion of four credit points from the unit chair of ALX709 or the A748 course director. Students must complete ALX709 and four credit points of research units as part of the total 12 credit points required to complete the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature).  

Research Preparation unit

ALX709Writing a Thesis: Theory, Methodology and Practice (2 credit points)

Research units

ALX711Research Project (4 credit points)

ALX715Research Project A (2 credit points)

ALX716Research Project B (2 credit points)

ALX720Minor Research Project (2 credit points)

Details of specialisations

Children's Literature

Core units

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

ALL702Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches


ALL701Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

ALL708The Picture Book: Reading and Writing

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

Literary Studies

Elective units

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

ALL727Contemporary Poetry

ALL755The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALL705Short Stories: Writers and Readers

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

ALW783Life Writing: Theory and Practice

ALL784Writing and Film

Professional Writing


ALW730Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW732Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW734Script Writing A

ALW736Poetics of Writing A


ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALW733 Fiction Writing: Ideas and innovations (Final year of offer 2014)

ALL705Short Stories: Writers and Readers

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALW720Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place

ALW729Writing for Communication Media

ALW731 Creative Non-Fiction Writing B (Final year of offer 2014)

ALW735Script Writing B


Note: Students may complete any combination of units, though they should be aware that B units require A units as prerequisites.