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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradDipPub&Edit
CRICOS code030793B
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Course coordinator

Dr David Dunstan


  • All classes are taught in Melbourne central business district.


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.


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of three core units and one elective unit.


Students complete:

  • PUB4001 Publishing history, culture and commerce
  • PUB4002 Authorship, editing and text
  • PUB4003 Publishing processes and new technology
  • PUB4007 Advanced editing or PUB4010 Selling the book and publication rights

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate diploma with a minimum credit average, may apply to enter course 2183 Master of Publishing and Editing.

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with course 3752 Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing.


Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing