English language requirements
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
2 years part time
Current Deakin Students
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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.Read More
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies, students must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:
- 1 credit point compulsory core unit;
- 4 credit points of course electives from List A;
- 3 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication or the core or electives of the Master of Creative Arts
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
3 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or the Master of Communication or the core or electives of the Master of Creative Arts.
Course Electives List A
Select 4 from the following:
Students may choose to include the 5th unit listed above as 1 of the 3 electives
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
- a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
- at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
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 tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
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 DeakinTALENT
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
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.|
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.
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.
|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.|
|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 November 2018