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Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$17,740* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359



Course Director

Dr Elizabeth Bullen, +61 3 92443965, elizabeth.bullen@deakin.edu.au


Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code042687E
Deakin course code A748

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.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2014 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed from the Unit Search. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

Career opportunities

The Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) is designed to broaden the skills of those working as teachers, librarians and writers, as well as professionals working in associated fields such as publishing and promotion. The course is also suitable if you are seeking a qualification to refocus your career options.

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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.  

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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

Trimester 1 or trimester 2


ALX709 Writing a Thesis: Theory, Methodology and Practice  (2 credit points)*


Research units
Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ALX711 Research Project  (4 credit points)

ALX715 Research Project A  (2 credit points)

ALX716 Research Project B  (2 credit points)

ALX720 Minor Research Project  (2 credit points)


* ALX709 not offered Trimester 2 2014.  Re-offered Trimester 2 2015.

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Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:


  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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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.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

The Graduate Certificates of Children's Literature, Literary Studies and Professional Writing along with The Graduate Diplomas of Children's Literature, Literary Studies and Professional Writing and the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) comprise a suite of fully articulated courses.  Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate will lead to entry into either the relevant Graduate Diploma or the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer.  Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma will lead to entry into the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Children's Literature (A562)
Graduate Certificate of Literary Studies (A535)
Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing (A561)
Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature (A641)
Graduate Diploma of Journalism (A649)
Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies (A635)
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing (A661)

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