Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

Course summary for local students


2017 course information

Award granted Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes

1-2 years full time or part time equivalent depending on your entry point

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), (November (Trimester 3)

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

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code A764

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) gives candidates the opportunity to undertake advanced study in the disciplines of Writing and Literature. Students undertake both relevant coursework to their specialisation and a substantial research project (thesis) under the supervision of an academic with a professional research record.

The Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) offers study in a unique combination of literary, professional and creative writing options, together with the possibility for cross-disciplinary explorations.  Students can choose between specialisations in the areas of Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Professional Writing.  Students are paired with an academic or professional staff member working – and nationally recognised – in their specialist field. This partnership provides students with mentoring through the extended research project (thesis), which is one of the highlights of this course. The unique research pathway in the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) provides candidates with a new level of intellectual stimulation and personal enrichment and gives them the opportunity to contribute to a wider debate within their field, often through publication. The research training and skills acquired in this course enhance students’ future career prospects in a broad range of occupations and ensures they are eligible to apply for entry to higher research programs.

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

This course 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.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire an integrated knowledge of a range of relevant writing and literature theories, concepts, and approaches to the critical analysis, creation and/or production of texts.

Acquire advanced understanding of the cultural, historical, professional and/or stylistic differences and contexts of the domains of writing and literature, which include Creative Writing, Children’s Literature, Professional Writing and/or Literary Studies.


Demonstrate specialised command of the technical and aesthetic elements of different forms of writing, including proficient use of critical, theoretical and professional vocabularies and language to create, define, interpret, argue and fluently transmit ideas in scholarly, professional and/or creative texts produced for a variety of audiences and contexts. 

Digital literacy

Master generic, academic, bibliographic and industry-specific digital communication technologies to research, produce and present scholarly and creative works.  Use judgement and discrimination in the identification and selection of relevant and credible information sources and with regard for their ethical use. 

Critical thinking

Produce creative and critical works which address complex issues and ideas with rigor in the conduct of supporting research and presentation of evidence;

Use mature critical judgment in the synthesis and application of theory; and mastery of the critical, technical and creative skills required to generate and evaluate texts produced by self and others.

Problem solving

Employ expert knowledge and skills in the use of specialist theoretical, historical and contemporary analytical and creative approaches to writing and literature that is reflected in the design and execution of creative and scholarly solutions to a range of technical, professional, aesthetic, critical and/or ideological problems. 


Demonstrate high-level initiative and independence, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development in writing and literature and as a reflective learner and practitioner in scholarly, industry and/or professional contexts. 


Demonstrate commitment to ethical and collaborative participation in scholarly, learning and/or industry settings and active contribution to the accomplishment of mutual learning and professional goals. 

Global citizenship

Develop and informed knowledge of the ethics of writing and interpreting textual representations of diverse groups, and insight into the influence of changing social, cultural and ideological factors on the production and consumption of creative, critical and professional texts.

Use the highest standards of ethical conduct and social responsibility when engaging in scholarly, creative and/or professional practice in the local, national and international community.

Approved by Faculty Board October 2015


Course rules

To qualify for the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 credit points of study in either of the following configurations:

 - 6 credit points from one of the specialisation options (Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies, Professional Writing); or

- 6 credit points of crossdisciplinary study comprising ALW740, ALL743, 2 credit points of Literature units (Children's Literature and/or Literary Studies), and 2 credit points of units of Writing units (Creative Writing and/or Professional Writing)

  • 7 credit points of core units 
  • 3 credit points of elective units


Children's Literature

Literary Studies

Professional Writing 

Creative Writing

Core units

ALX705Critical and Creative Research Methods

ALX726Masters Research Theory A

ALX727Masters Research Theory B

ALX722Masters Research Project A

ALX723Masters Research Project B

ALX724Masters Research Project C

ALX725Masters Research Project D

Electives & Course Map

Electives are to be chosen from units in the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication.

Note: The internship unit ACC700 is also available.

Course Map

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

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.

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 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and 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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)
Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature (A641)
Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing (A636)
Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies (A635)
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing (A661)
Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature (A664)