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Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)

  • Masters (Coursework)

Hone your expertise in writing and literature and gain practical tools in critical analysis, editing and research.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
A764
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

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 of professional writing, the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) will help fulfil your career aspirations.

Want to see where a mastery of the written word can take your career?

If you want to turn your lifelong passion for writing and literature into a professional career, this course gives you the practical experience to make your goals a reality. Equally, if you're already working in the industry and looking to take the next step - whether that be in a new role or finally breaking through as a published author - we provide a high performing environment that allows your creativity to reach its full potential. Ultimately, the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) aims to inspire you, so you can inspire audiences of your own.

Choose from four study specialisations to create a unique degree that matches your interests:

  • Children's literature
  • Creative writing
  • Literary studies
  • Professional writing

Our specialisations cater for many writing and literature professionals - from marketing professionals looking to boost sales through carefully crafted copy, to aspiring authors hoping to turn their book idea into a reality, and teachers wanting to add a new level of depth and rigour to their classroom. Alternatively, you may wish to study
cross-disciplinary units that provide a broader spread of learning topics. With this option, you'll gain a deep understanding of the conventions of professional non-fiction writing, as well as the theory and craft stemming from traditional literature, all in the one degree.

Importantly, the course provides more than just writing expertise. The projects and assessment tasks you work on train you in transferable skills, including critical analysis, communication, problem solving and research - incredibly valuable in every field of work. You'll also debate literature, creativity and modern writing challenges with
like-minded people from different corners of business and life. This exposure to new ways of thinking helps you grow as a writer and shows you how literature can be used to make sense of different aspects of culture, place and history.

For many students, a desired outcome of the course is to produce a published piece of work. Our academic staff are published authors and leading international scholars, so they know the process inside out, from first draft all the way to hitting the shelves.
Draw upon their experience and utilise their extensive network of writers, editors and publishers to get a foot in the door. Your thesis project, a highlight of the course, pairs you with one of our brilliant teachers. Your thesis might provide commentary on a classic piece of literature, or it could be an original piece of work. We'll find you the ideal mentor based on your goals, interests and the writing you're working on.

The course provides lots of exposure to industry work, trends and opportunities, better preparing you for the current and future needs of the field. Many students take advantage of our industry partnerships to secure internships at well-known publications. Verandah Journal, an annual student-run publication, showcases the best work of emerging writers and artists while giving students the chance to develop expertise in selecting, editing and proofreading submissions for publication. Better still, our academics are actively involved with a number of prominent writing festivals, ensuring we've got our finger on the pulse of emerging writing trends and industry needs.

Entry requirements

Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications. Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, your course may be:

1 year full time (2 years part time) - 8 credits

Admissions is based on:

  • Bachelor's Honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline
  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
  • Graduate Diploma in the related discipline
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

1.5 years full time (3 years part time) - 12 credits

Admissions is based on:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline
  • Bachelor's degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

2 years full time (4 years part time) - 16 credits

Admissions is based on:

  • Bachelor's degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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

Career pathways

You'll graduate from this course with more than just advanced writing skills. You'll also have expertise in communication, problem solving, critical thinking and research - the kind of skills employers across all industries value.

This puts you in a strong position to explore a range of career pathways including:

  • author
  • editor
  • literary critic
  • publisher
  • advertising executive
  • communications specialist
  • copywriter
  • journalist
  • public relations practitioner
  • English teacher (combined with an initial teaching qualification).

For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT

Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:
6 credit points of study in either of the following configurations:

Option 1

  • 6 credit points from one of the specialisation options (Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies, Professional Writing);

Plus

  • 4 credit points of capstone units (Capstone A)
  • 6 credit points of electives

or

  • 6 credit points of capstone units (Capstone B)
  • 4 credit points of elective units

Or

Option 2

  • 6 credit points of cross-disciplinary 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), and including at least one unit from
    ALL728 and ALW725

Plus

  • 4 credit points of capstone units (Capstone A)
  • 6 credit points of electives

or

  • 6 credit points of capstone units (Capstone B)
  • 4 credit points of elective units

All students must also complete: AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Credit for prior study or work

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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Communications courses at Deakin University.
85.2%
Overall satisfaction
77.8%
Skill scale
77.5%
Teaching scale
73.2%
Employed full-time
$80k
Average salary