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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing

Course code: 1357 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipPub&Edit ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)*

    *All classes are taught in Melbourne Central Business District

Course description

This course is designed to provide editorial and publication management skills to those having aspirations to become involved in scholarly, commercial, educational and corporate publishing and/or to establish their own small publishing business.

The course provides an overview of Australian and international publishing and its various forms, both historical and contemporary. Students should develop an understanding of the key dimensions of professional skill inherent in the publishing production process and develop skills in the preparation of text for publication. A critical awareness of new forms of publishing, especially electronic publishing and multimedia, and an understanding of the forms of expression in the publishing industries will be taught so that students can better comprehend the enduring role of text in the publishing and electronic media.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 48 points of units (all worth 12 points) chosen from the following:

Core units

  • PUB4001 Publishing history, culture and commerce
  • PUB4002 Authorship, editing and text
  • PUB4003 Publishing processes and new technology

Elective units

One of the following:

  • PUB4007 Advanced editing
  • PUB4010 Selling the book and publication rights

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


Students who complete the graduate diploma with results of at least a credit, may apply to transfer to a relevant masters program.

Course coordinator

Dr David Dunstan