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Doctorate (PhD)

South Bank, Logan, Nathan, Gold Coast
The PhD by Prior Publication allows for formal recognition for established researchers who do not already hold a doctoral level qualification and who have substantial international standing in their respective fields based on their record of academic publication.
Entry Requirements

The following University policy will apply for this program:

  • Higher Doctorates by Publication Policy

Applicants will require the following:

  • be established researchers and be of international standing in their respective field on the basis of their ongoing record of academic work, and for whom admission to the PhD program is inappropriate;
  • have a portfolio of high quality publications that meet the following criteria:
    • the applicant is either sole author or primary author;
    • have been subjected to peer review and published in quality outlets of international standard;
    • do not incorporate work that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree;
    • may be presented as an integrated theme.
  • be researchers in areas of strategic importance to the University and be consonant with the academic aims and objectives of the Element to which admission is sought;
  • the Element is able to provide the necessary resources and supervision expertise;
  • an applicant who has already been awarded a doctoral level qualification will not be admitted to candidature;
  • an applicant who is pursuing, or who has previously pursued within the previous five years, a higher degree research or equivalent program will normally not be admitted to candidature.
Duration
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$30,500 per year / $30,500 total
International Tuition Fees
$31,500 per year / $31,500 total
Graduate Satisfaction
65.90%

Masters (Coursework)

Off-Campus
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Study Mode
Online, In person

Graduate Diploma

Off-Campus
Study Mode
Online, In person

Non-Award

Off-Campus, Hawthorn
In this one-day short course, you'll learn how to improve your business writing skills and get your message across with ease, speed, precision and clarity.
Study Mode
Online, In person
Graduate Satisfaction
75.80%

Graduate Certificate

Off-Campus
Study Mode
Online, In person

Graduate Certificate

Gold Coast
The program offers postgraduate training in writing as a preparation for creative and professional practice and/or advanced study.
Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Writing, applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor degree or higher from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing).

Note: Degrees from overseas institutions must be assessed as equivalent to a recognised Australian bachelor-level degree.

Duration
1 year part-time
Study Mode
In person, Online
Domestic Tuition Fees
$11,750 per year
International Tuition Fees
$15,250 per year
Graduate Satisfaction
65.90%

Masters (Coursework)

North Ryde
In the Master of Creative Writing, you'll undertake intensive practical workshops across a range of genres, including young adult fiction, creative non-fiction, short story, novella, novel and poetry.
Entry Requirements
  • AQF level 8 bachelor honours or graduate diploma qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent, OR
  • Meet two of the following three criteria:
    • AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent
    • Approved work experience, professional certification or other recognised prior learning
    • AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with a WAM of 65.
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Duration
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person, Online
Domestic Tuition Fees
$22,000 per year / $22,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
75.70%

Graduate Certificate

Off-Campus
Intake Months
Mar, Jun, Aug
Study Mode
Online, In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$12,750 per year / $12,750 total

Masters (Coursework)

Off-Campus
Intake Months
Mar, Jun, Aug
Study Mode
Online, In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$25,500 per year / $38,250 total

Graduate Diploma

Off-Campus
Intake Months
Mar, Jun, Aug
Study Mode
Online, In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$25,500 per year / $25,500 total

Creative Writing Courses overview

Creative writing is a form of artistic expression through written language. It is a way for the writer to express their feelings, thoughts, and ideas in a way that resonates with them and others. Postgraduate study in this field is a way for students to sharpen their skills not only as writers but as editors, publishers, and connoisseurs of literature.

People have been expressing themselves through language since the earliest days of humankind. The invention of the written word in 3200 BCE began a tradition of transcribing tales and sagas orally passed down through generations. The great works of Homer, the Indian Vedas, Sanskrit poems and Mayan codices have paved the way toward a future in which literature still thrives.

Postgraduate students of creative writing, therefore, uphold an ancient tradition of storytelling. In striving to master their craft, they pay homage to the great writers that came before and inspire those to come.

Is creative writing for me?

Creative writing is for anyone with a passion for storytelling. It requires a great deal of patience, persistence, humility, and dedication to become proficient. Those that are passionate about developing their skills, however, are rewarded with work befitting their toil. If this sounds like you, then creative writing could very well be a great fit.

Study pathway

Graduate certificates, diplomas and master degrees are available in creative writing. Each is designed for people with various levels of commitment and career progression.

Certificate level courses provide students with immersion in the literary world through close ties to local writers, festivals, performances, and readings. Courses like those offered by the University of Sydney provide students with the opportunity to improve their editing and structuring ability over the course of six months in conjunction with these relationships. Prospective students must achieve a high result in an English language proficiency test to enter, in addition to either professional experience in a relevant field or a bachelor degree from any field.

Diploma level graduate courses grant students the opportunity to develop a broad array of literary skills through workshops. Macquarie University’s Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing is a great example of this, providing students with the opportunity to take units from master-level programs that appeal to their specific interests and apply them to their diploma. These courses take a year of full-time study to complete or two years full time, with similar entry requirements to certificate level courses.

The Master of Creative Writing is a two-year degree aimed at professionals already in the editing, publishing or creative writing industry. Those offered by the University of Melbourne are an example, providing students with the opportunity to publish in university journals and build relationships with published writers. A prior bachelor degree in any field is necessary for entry, with at least a 70% GPA in this particular case.

Employment options

Professional editor

Creative writing graduates are well-suited to becoming editors for companies like Hyland and Byrne and Lexington Writing Firm. This sort of career is perfectly suited, as it provides writers with the chance to exercise their literary and structural knowledge in the pursuit of improving others’ work.

Advertising copywriter

The world of advertising is in constant need of catchy slogans, creative campaigns, and new ideas to entice consumers. Creative writing graduates are poised to do this well, finding themselves at companies like Showpony Advertising and McCann where they can utilise all they learned about proper phrasing, editing and grabbing a reader’s attention.

Journalist

Fluency in writing is essential to any news story, which is something creative writing graduates bring to the table. Creativity combined with proficiency in optimal phrasing go a long way for companies like ReutersInforma, and UBM. There is much to be learned on the job in the way of investigation, interviewing and acquiring stories, but a creative writing qualification puts students in good stead to get their foot in the door.

Specialisations

Writing is as broad as the number of topics that can be written about. The following are just a few of the available specialisations:

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Take a sneak peek inside Arup's office facilities in Melbourne, where new graduates start their careers!

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Take a virtual tour inside Arup's office at Barrack Place, 151 Clarence St, Sydney.

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