Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
Course summary for local students
2016 course information
|Award granted||Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
This course is 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2016||No fees defined|
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|Deakin course code||A764|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
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 specialisations in the areas of Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Professional Writing.
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.
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 2015 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.
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.
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To qualify for the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:
- 7 credit points of core units
- 6 credit points of study in either of the following configurations:
- 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)
- 3 credit points of elective units
Core units in theories of writing and literature and critical and creative methods:
|ALX705||Critical and Creative Research Methods|
|ALX726||Masters Research Theory A|
|ALX727||Masters Research Theory B|
Core units in critical, professional and/or creative research:
|ALX722||Masters Research Project A|
|ALX723||Masters Research Project B|
|ALX724||Masters Research Project C|
|ALX725||Masters Research Project D|
Electives are to be chosen from units in the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication.
Note: The unit ACC700 is also available.
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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.
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 Masters entry||Reduction in course duration||Remaining course duration|
|Bachelor, same discipline||0.5 year (4 credit points)||1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)|
|Bachelor (Honours), same discipline||1 year (8 credit points)||1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)|
|Graduate Certificate, same discipline||0.5 year (4 credit points)||1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)|
|Graduate Diploma, same discipline||1 year (8 credit points)||1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)|
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.