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Master of Arts (Writing)

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

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  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    12 units

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Master of Arts (Writing) degree, offered by Swinburne University, focuses on a wide range of writing genres. While studying this program and exploring ways of thinking about writing, the units will more than tell you 'how to write'. Students explore creative writing, business writing and professional writing, and study towards a range of qualifications. You can exit the program after four units and receive the Graduate Certificate, after eight units to receive the Graduate Diploma or after twelve units for the Master.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Master of Arts (Writing) program you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or prefer not to commit to the whole study period. Depending on the units studied, you can exit with a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Writing or Graduate Certificate of Arts in Writing.


To be eligible for this course you must have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or relevant work experience.

Areas of study

The Master of Arts (writing) program provides you with the opportunity to study:

  • Critical friends: the real and virtual support of writers
  • Real life writing
  • Research for writers
  • Journalism
  • Reading and writing
  • Online writing
  • Script adaptation: stage, screen and multimedia
  • Writing history: people, places and times
  • The creative artefact: publication folio B
  • Writing and praxis: publication folio A
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master of Arts (Writing) from Swinburne University of Technology.

This program addresses the growing need for written content in the Information Age. Industry practitioners are increasingly reporting the unmet demand for multimedia authors and writers of content. Indeed, the application of new technologies has led to an increase in demand for all types of writing.

Curious about where a career in writing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Proofreader

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or scholarships.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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