Writing and literature


Delve into the realms of literature, enhance your career through professional and creative writing, or explore the world of children's literature.

Explore your study options

Hone your expertise in writing and literature and gain practical tools in critical analysis, editing and research. Whether you want to develop the skills to analyse literary works, build your creative writing practice, or craft publishable pieces – find the Deakin writing degree that best suits you.


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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Choose a writing and literature degree that will progress your career

Deakin’s industry-shaped courses and practical, real-world approach to learning will prepare you to be adaptable across the jobs of the future.

Hands-on experience

With unique opportunities to gain industry experience via studio projects, creative research and content production for professional publications, you'll have the chance to create your own work and get it published before graduating.

Stellar course reputation

Deakin is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in children’s literature. We are one of the few universities in Australia to offer a specialist children’s literature major and the only one in Victoria.

Take the next step to a brighter future

Explore our writing and literature courses and find out more about life at Deakin. Get more inspiration for your future career in a major growth sector.

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Top professional roles in writing and literature

At Deakin, we'll help you build your network within the community and industry. The Australian Government employment projections predict that by 2028, Australia will have 10,600 new jobs for advertising and marketing professionals and 2,500 new jobs for journalists and other writers.* Our graduates have found careers in:

  • advertising agencies
  • the education sector
  • freelance writing
  • government departments
  • libraries
  • public relations agencies
  • publishing companies.

Creative practice can be a complicated thing. To feel safe and feel like the teachers supported my creative development was really valuable.

Lou Verga

Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) graduate

World-class teaching experiences

Get a world-class education - study at a top 1% university worldwide. Learn from leading academics how to craft the written word and be an in-demand skilled communicator.

Gain industry experience while you study

Gain industry experience and develop your professional networks before you graduate through internships and studio projects. Some of our students have completed internships with organisations, including the Children's Book Council of Australia, Queenscliff Literary Festival, State Library of Victoria and Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Research with us

Take on a higher degree by research, become an expert in your chosen specialty in writing and literature and bolster your career opportunities. Deakin researchers rank in the top 1% for global impact, so you can rest assured that you’ll learn from the best in your field.#

Interested in postgraduate study?

Learn about our postgraduate writing and literature courses from our leading academics. Whether you're looking to take a creative, academic or professional path, we'll help you fulfil your career aspirations.

Interested in postgraduate study?

Graduate ready to write your own future

Our academic staff are published authors and leading international scholars – you can draw upon their experience and networks. Graduate with the skills and experience to make a difference with a degree from Victoria’s #1 university for course satisfaction.^

Want to explore more?

If you're dreaming of an exciting career in writing and literature, we'll help get you there.

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*Jobs and Skills Australia, National Employment Projections 2023 to 2028.
^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2022, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).
#Time Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021.

Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

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Got a question about our writing and literature courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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