Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of Study

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The postgraduate writing program enables students to gain an understanding of a range of writing practices in the context of media and communication studies, contemporary cultural theory, and analyses of literary and other media forms. Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of different kinds of contemporary writing, especially prose forms, and acquire detailed knowledge of a range of techniques associated with contemporary cultural production. Research in the postgraduate program allows students to reflect critically on their own writing practices while developing and applying skills and techniques though individual and collaborative projects.

Both coursework and individual research projects in the postgraduate writing program broach the question of how to define the nature and status of "creative" writing. The program deepens student's contextual understanding of writing practices by engaging with a range of theories, with particular reference to feminism, psychoanalysis, postmodernism and post-structuralism, in terms of their potential to shed light on the philosophical and social implications of creative writing practice, where the term "creative" is understood in its broadest sense.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Offered by the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

  • ATS4864 Literary theory
  • ATS4805 SAMMS honours dissertation part 1
  • ATS4806 SAMMS honours dissertation part 2
  • ATS4807 SAMMS selected topics in theory and practice
Course coordinator

Dr Sue Yell

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.