Master of Arts (Writing)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

At Notre Dame you can choose from a wide range of individual writing courses to suit your needs and interests or take a longer suite of courses as part of a postgraduate degree.

Whether you want to write fiction, break news stories or pen an award-winning play, this dynamic writing program will help you achieve your creative goals. Under the supervision of industry professionals, students learn the technical and creative skills they will need to succeed.

More information is available on on our writing course offerings here.

  • Why study this degree?

    Our Master of Arts (Writing) has been created to meet the needs of experienced writers who want to extend to develop their technical and critical skills. You will study writing practices across a range of forms and genres, including fiction, speechwriting, corporate writing and theatre. You will also create, critically revise, edit and publish your works in a simulated industry environment, under the guidance of writing professionals. In the second half the degree, students undertake a major writing project -- developing an original work from creative concept to completed manuscript.

    This course also meets the professional development needs of high school English teachers seeking to address the challenge posed by an expanded creative writing component in the new English HSC.

  • Program outline

    • WRIT6000 Reading and Writing
    • WRIT6001 Freelance Writing
    • WRIT6002 Corporate Writing
    • WRIT6003 Fiction Writing
    • WRIT6004 Creative Non Fiction Writing
    • WRIT6005 Playwriting
    • WRIT6006 Advanced Screenwriting
    • WRIT6007 Editing and Publishing in the Digital Age
    • PHTH6002 Reason and Revelation
    • ARTS5010 Research Methods
    • ARTS5060 Capstone C: Research Project
    • ARTS5070 Capstone D: Research Project

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Entry requirements

    • Possession of a Bachelor’s award (AQF level 7 qualification) in a field relevant to the specialisation; or
    • An equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work in a cognate discipline.
  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Scholarships

    Domestic Students

    According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, domestic research students are eligible to have all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) for the length of their degree. Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for both an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University Postgraduate Award (UPA) offered through The University of Notre Dame Australia. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

    International Students

    All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. Please refer to the International Prospectus for current cost per year to complete a Doctor of Philosophy. All international students are encouraged to apply for the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) or the University equivalent International Fee Remission Research Scholarship (IFRRS), and both the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA). The EIPRS provides annual fee remission for the successful applicant(s) and meets the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover Policy for the student for the period of the course. The IFRRS covers the annual fee remission for the successful candidate; however students

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Arts (Writing), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

    To enrol in an individual short writing course, please contact the School of Arts and Sciences directly:

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