Literary studies


Literature is the door to new understandings of cultural history and identity. Through critical and creative journeys explore a rich array of texts from the past to the present.

Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies: offered fully online, study and learn anywhere, at anytime
World-renowned staff: with international profiles in poetry, ecology, philosophy and Australian literature

Career opportunities

This course will give you a great overview and chance to specialise in literature - while complimenting your career as a teacher, librarian, publisher or even writer.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Literature is not just about reading books - it's about making sense of the world through literary works

Emily Potter

Senior lecturer, literary studies

Learn from the best

We have an excellent reputation in literature. Looking to become a teacher, librarian or writer for children and young adults? This course will provide a solid base of knowledge to begin a great career.

Research with us

Take on a higher degree by research, become an expert in your chosen specialty in literary studies and bolster your career opportunities.

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Literary studies at Deakin

Ann Vickery, head of literary studies, talks about how you can explore the rich array of literature ranging from classical Greek drama and Shakespearean plays, to children's literature or recent world fiction and poetry.

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