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PhD and Doctor of Creative Arts

The Writing and Society Research Centre is a leading tertiary centre for supervising postgraduate research in Literary Studies and Creative Writing. Students can undertake PhDs, DCAs (Doctor of Creative Arts) or a year-long thesis project for the Master of Research. PhD projects are often scholarly studies of literary topics, cultures and/or authors, supervised by a panel of WSRC and SoHCA staff with relevant expertise. DCA projects combine a creative writing component (e.g., an original novel, collection of poetry or short fiction, essay collection, script or screenplay) accompanied by a long critical essay or exegesis. Creative writing DCAs always include supervision by a publishing author.

Distinguished doctoral alumni include Felicity Castagna, George Haddad, Luke Carman, Jason Tuckwell, Fiona Wright, Georgia Blain, Mireille Juchau, Jesse Blackadder, Peter Boyle, Louise Carter, Simon Wang, Natalie Conyer, Martin Edmond, Luke Beesley, Patrick Jones, Kristell Thornell, Thomas Lee, Claire Corbett, Kate Middleton and Stephanie Dowrick. Visit our student publications page to see some of the achievements of our postgraduate alumni.

Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing

The Writing and Society Research Centre offers a nationally leading Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing taught by eminent authors, critics and editors. The MA is a challenging, rigorous and industry-focused degree that combines critical research and creative work. Students are guided by publishing writers to produce works of literary scholarship or creative writing across a diverse range of styles including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, literary criticism, screenwriting and scriptwriting.

Outstanding students in the MA of Literature and Creative Writing may wish to transition in their second year to the Master of Research, enabling them to move from a 6-month finishing Masters Project subject to a year-long supervised research project. Please contact WSRC’s Postgraduate Adviser, Dr Melinda Jewell for additional information: