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Monash University

Master of Publishing and Editing

Course code: 2183 ~ Course abbreviation: MPub&Edit ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 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, comprising units at fourth and fifth levels, is designed to provide editorial and publication management skills to those having aspirations to become involved in scholarly, commercial, educational, academic and corporate publishing, to further their careers and attainments in publishing, or to establish their own small publishing business. The course provides a survey overview of Australian publishing and its international connections, both historical and contemporary, and a variety of vocationally oriented, special knowledge and skill-based units.

There is provision in the program for an industry internship. Full-time students undertake 24 points per semester, while part-time students take 12 points per semester. For more information, contact the course coordinator or refer to

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of 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. advanced analytical skills; 7. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Students complete 72 points of units, consisting of 48 points at level 4 and 24 points at level 5. All units are worth 12 points unless otherwise indicated.

Course requirements

Level 4 units

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

One of the following:

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

Level 5 units

Students must complete 24 points at level 5:

  • PUB5005 Publishing industry project (12 points)
  • PUB5007 Advanced editing (12 points)
  • PUB5008 The professional editor (6 points)
  • PUB5006 The publishing firm (6 points)
  • PUB5100 Publishing internship project (6 points)

Exit points

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing, or after successful completion of 48 points with a Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing.

Course coordinator

Dr David Dunstan