Course details

Level of study: Masters Degrees


The Master of Writing allows students to acquire the skills needed to improve their creative and professional writing. Students gain an understanding of the underlying principles and concepts of their craft and apply this through the creation of a range of writing portfolios of their choice. Students will be supported by online tutors, industry professionals and through online workshops.

Course description

The Master of Writing encourages students to explore the range of writing styles needed to work professionally and creatively in publication industries. Students will also develop their own writerly voice through learning and practice in craft, in theory that enriches their writing, and through research and long form creative projects.

The goal of Swinburne's writing programs is to teach the writing skills that are needed for success in today’s writing and publishing environment, and to expose students to opportunities for publication

These programs are designed to 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.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the Master of Writing is to allow students to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills, with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional writing and publishing practice and/or for further learning
  • apply a high level of personal autonomy and accountability across a range of professional and creative interactions and projects.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
27,400 Per Year Expected May 2024
Expected Aug 2024
18 months
Online study
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122

Entry criteria

A recognised bachelor degree in any of the fields of: creative arts, society and culture, education, health, and management and commerce or

Graduate Certificate of Writing or Graduate Certificate in Arts (Writing).

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% and all skills 65% or above
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) -79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)
  • C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.


Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
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