Postgraduate Study

Luke Carman, Writing and Society graduate.

PhD and Doctor of Creative Arts 

As part of its commitment to research in writing, the Centre offers supervision for postgraduate research candidates for both PhDs and DCAs (Doctor of Creative Arts). These may be scholarly studies of literary topics or authors, or doctoral theses which combine a creative writing component with exegesis. Distinguished postgraduate research candidates have included or do include Georgia Blain, Mireille Juchau, Stephanie Dowrick, Peter Kocan, Christopher Kremmer, Belinda Castles, Matthew Thompson and Kristel Thornell. Visit our student publications page to see some of the achievements of our postgraduate candidates. 

MA in Literature and Creative Writing

The Writing and Society Research Centre also offers a MA in Literature and Creative Writing. By connecting creative writing practice to ideas and creative work from across the arts and sciences, we offer students the opportunity to think across creative, critical and disciplinary categories and to produce creative work that crosses over into areas including music, art, performance and film.


The Centre supports an active program of seminars, lectures and conferences designed to provide opportunities for students to present their work and to discuss relevant issues with visiting academics and other authorities. There are two kinds of seminar: one devoted to postgraduate presentations, the other a general research seminar which features papers on research in progress, delivered by Centre members and visiting scholars and writers. Visitors have included Charles Altieri, Susan Stewart, Adam Frank, Mark Macleod, John Frow, Meaghan Morris, Robyn Ferrell, Laura Marks, Li Yao and Bruno Clément. PhD, DCA and MA students are all encouraged to attend our seminars.

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Prize Winning Students

Our DCA candidates have won many prestigious awards. Felicity Castagna was the winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for young adult fiction. Luke Carman won the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Award for new fiction and Michael Mohammed Ahmad was named one of the SMH's 2015 Best Young Novelists.

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