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English Postgraduate Programs

Be part of a community of writers and develop your skills and passion in a supportive environment

The Faculty of Arts offers three Masters of Arts (MA) and Postgraduate Certificate programs in the areas of:

  • Literature

    The MA in English Literature at Macquarie offers an advanced study of literary texts, their social and historical contexts, and ways of interpreting them. This program encourages students to study a wide range of texts, both past and present, and consider the variety of critical approaches available at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

  • Creative Writing

    The Creative Writing program at Macquarie offer students the opportunity to become part of a community of writers. Small seminars focus on developing each student's writerly imagination and skills. The program supports the individual development of style and craft, while critically examining contemporary and past literary works, and contemporary literary milieus.

  • Children's Literature

    The Master of Arts in Children's Literature offers students the opportunity to learn more about this developing area in an environment internationally recognised for its innovative and rigorous contribution to the field.

Why choose English at Macquarie?

  • Macquarie is a leader in the disciplines of Creative Writing and Literature.
  • Our courses emphasise research and discussion-based learning and include weekly writing workshops, online group activities, and on-campus study days
  • The programs encourage students to develop their own style and craft, while critically examining contemporary and past literary works, and contemporary literary milieus.
  • Macquarie's flexible offering modes (part-time, evening, and online classes) allows students to balance work and study.
  • Students can combine units from all three specialisations to create a program to suit their career needs.
  • Individual subjects can also be studied without being enrolled in the full degree through Macquarie's non-award program.

Our Experts

At Macquarie you'll learn from passionate writers, researchers, and teachers who have been recognised through the Australian Awards for University Teaching. In recent years, several of our most outstanding teachers have received awards for teaching excellence.

Dr Jane Messer
Senior Lecturer BA (Macquarie), MA (John Hopkins), DCA (UTS)

Dr Messer coordinates and teaches the postgraduate courses in Creative Writing at Macquarie. Her special interests include the practice and theory of teaching creative writing, with particular interest in novel and short story writing; ethnography and writing corporate culture; literature and mothering. She has been a judge of the Australian Vogel Literary Award, UTS Writing Award, CSIRO Writing Competition and reader for the HQ Short Story Competition, and has authored several publications. She recently received the Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2013 award.

Dr Victoria Flanagan
BA Hons (Macq) Phd (Macq)

Dr Flanagan is a convenor of the MA in Children's Literature. Her major research focus is the representation of gendered bodies in children's literature and film - particularly in relation to the representation of transgressive gender behaviours such as cross-dressing and the depiction of queered subjectivities.

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