Deakin’s Creative Writing and Literary Studies program, part of the School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA), offers an exciting range of postgraduate study options.

Postgraduate coursework

…offerings include the Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature, the Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies, the Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing, the Graduate Diploma of Children’s Literature, and the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature). Students enrolled in these degrees take part in a guided course of lectures, tutorials and seminars, with flexibility in choice of units and on/off-campus enrolment.

Higher Degree Research (HDR) 

…students undertake a major research-based and/or creative project, guided by academic supervisors. Deakin has over 80 HDR students enrolled across Creative Writing and Literary Studies, and 25 experienced staff available to supervise a wide spectrum of creative and scholarly projects. HDR options within the SCCA include the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Advanced-level writers with a strong national or international reputation can apply for acceptance to Deakin’s innovative one-year PhD by Prior Publications in the Creative Arts. Our world-leading PhD Xtra program enables  students in the Creative Writing and Literary Studies program to work in an exciting cross-disciplinary environment with colleagues in Media and Communications, Screen Studies, Art and Performance, and other fields across the Faculty of Arts and Education. One such PhD Xtra module relevant to WLC is Verandah Literary Journal: Digital Publication Risk and Return a 30-40 hour exploration and evaluation of stipulated aspects of the Verandah Literary and Art journal operations. This can be approved by the supervisor as part of the Independent Learning Plan set up to reflect PhD skills and knowledge acquisition – preparing for career demonstration of broad areas of academic development.

Meet some of our current postgrad students here. To learn about individual staff members’ areas of expertise, browse our Staff profiles. See the university’s main website for more information about studying at Deakin.

Seminar series – Writing, Literature and Culture 

The SCCA’s regular seminar series and the popular Faculty-run HDR summer school expose students to inspiring new ideas and approaches, connecting them with peers and leaders in the field.