M.A. On Campus

Literature and Creative Writing

18 months
28080 AUD/year
24640 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Literature and Creative Writing program at Western Sydney University offers you the opportunity to think across creative, critical and disciplinary categories, and to produce either works of scholarship or creative writing (or related creative work that crosses into other areas including music, art, performance and film).


The Literature and Creative Writing program at Western Sydney University offers a challenging, rigorous coursework and project-based Master’s degree, combining criticism and creative work and leading to a Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing.

The centre is unique in Australia in the way it combines scholarship, authorship and expertise in publishing. The centre includes some of Australia’s most celebrated writers (such as the novelists Gail Jones and Alexis Wright) and widely published literary scholars and critics with international reputations (such as Ivor Indyk, Hazel Smith, Chris Andrews, and Anthony Uhlmann).

Western Sydney University is ranked above world standard in both the study of literature and creative arts practice. The centre houses the highly decorated literary press Giramondo Publishing, and the pre-eminent literary review site in Australia, The Sydney Review of Books.

With outstanding resources, the University is able to offer multifaceted understanding of literature and writing. Hazel Smith is a world leader in the field of practice-led research and research-led practice, and this carries with it our philosophy of deepening the understanding of both critical and creative practice by linking critical and creative thinking.

Your career

As a graduate of this course, you can look forward to career opportunities in:

  • Cultural analysis
  • Literature
  • Communications

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Writing and Ideas
  • Writing Practice and Tradition
  • Writing Process
  • Writing and Form
  • Writing, Sounds, Images and Text
  • Gender and Genre

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Code: 092783B

  • A Bachelor degree in humanities, social sciences, society and culture or creative arts. Providing a 500 word writing sample (an essay or creative work) to be assessed by Writing and Society staff.
  • Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28080 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28080 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    24640 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24640 AUD per year during 18 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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