Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies

Course summary for local students


2017 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes

2 years part-time. 

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$19,344 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code A635

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, 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.

Career opportunities

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 My Course My Career

Course Learning Outcomes

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


Course rules

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

Course structure

Core units

ALL702Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches

ALL705Vision and Revision: Short Stories Now

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALL727Contemporary Poetry

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

ALL784Writing and Film


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

Course Map

Course map

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.

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 must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.