Degree structure

Degree details

Graduates of the Master of Arts (Writing) will be able to:

  1. Apply cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical writing–related knowledge and to reflect critically on creative writing theory and professional writing practice or scholarship
  2. Demonstrate technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories related to writing practice and research, and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice across a range of writing genres, styles, and research approaches
  3. Initiate cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level within and to creative and professional texts from the discipline and field of writing
  4. Use communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences related to professional and creative content production industries
  5. Use technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship in the field of creative and professional writing
  6. Demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills, with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional writing and publishing practice and/or for further learning
  7. Apply a high level of personal autonomy and accountability across a range of professional and creative interactions and projects.

Higher Education

You must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A recognised bachelor degree in any of the fields of: creative arts, society and culture, education, health, and management and commerce; or
  • A Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing)

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements: (International students only)

IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5; or Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% and all skills 65% or above; or TOEFL iBT: minimum score 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20); or equivalent measures available at

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. For further details for students considering Higher Education degrees visit the RPL website:

Credit Transfer
Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this degree may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry into the degree with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information please refer to

The rapid pace of change in the ways in which information is accessed, utilised and converted into knowledge means that there is a growing need for graduates with both traditional and electronic professional and creative writing skills. The Masters of Arts (Writing) degree draws together print and performance-based texts, while exploring the local and global opportunities of electronic media. These areas include: creative writing, electronic writing; information management; eCommunications and writing for learning technologies. These programs will give students access to the best materials in print and online as well as to experts in their field. Students will be supported by online mentors and tutors.

Students can exit the degree after 4 subjects and receive the Graduate Certificate, after 8 subjects to receive the Graduate Diploma or after 12 subjects for the Master.

Recommended Study Pattern

The following subjects have been withdrawn from the degree:

  • LPW502 Research to Publication
  • LPW701A Publication Folio Part A
  • LPW701B Publication Folio Part B
  • LPW700 The Writerly Self
  • LPW703 Electronic Writing

Students who have completed any of these subjects should contact the degree coordinator for advice before enrolling in any of the new equivalent subjects listed below.

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission:

Award Requirements

To qualify for a Master of Arts (Writing), a student must complete 12 subjects (150 credit points). A subject of study can only be counted once.

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects that you have already passed.

If you were admitted before 2017 into the Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing) you can find out which subjects you need to complete by downloading the Transition Plan applicable your course and admission year from Swinburne’s OUA course transition webpage

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