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Monash University

Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing

Course code: 3752 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertPub&Edit ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time, 1 year 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, academic and corporate publishing, to further their careers and attainments in publishing, or to establish their own small publishing business. The core unit PUB4002 provides an overview of the role of and the relationships between author, editor and designer in publishing. Students are taken through the processes involved in the transmission of a text from manuscript to edited form.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with 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 one compulsory 12-point unit and one elective 12-point unit, being a total of 24 points.

Core unit

  • PUB4002 Authorship, editing and text

Elective units

  • PUB4001 Publishing history, culture and commerce
  • PUB4003 Publishing processes and new technology


Candidates who obtain grades of at least credit average may apply for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing and, if accepted, will be granted a maximum of 24 points of credit.

Course coordinators

Dr David Dunstan