Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

Course summary for local students


2016 course information

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

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 2016No fees defined
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

Deakin course code A764

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 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.

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 rules

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 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)

  • 3 credit points of elective units


Children's Literature

Literary Studies

Professional Writing 

Creative Writing

Course structure

Core units

Core units in theories of writing and literature and critical and creative methods:

ALX705Critical and Creative Research Methods

ALX726Masters Research Theory A

ALX727Masters Research Theory B

Core units in critical, professional and/or creative research:

ALX722Masters Research Project A

ALX723Masters Research Project B

ALX724Masters Research Project C

ALX725Masters 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.

For course map click here

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.

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. 

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)