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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 titleMPub&Edit
CRICOS code045498G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Contact details

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 with 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 students to undertake an industry internship.


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of 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
  • advanced analytical skills
  • 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.


This course consists of three core units and electives. Students must complete 48 points at level four and 24 points at level five. All units are worth 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


Level four

Students complete 48 points including all core units from the following:

Core units

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


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

Level five

Students complete 24 points from the following:

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with course 3752 Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing
  • 48 points with course 1357 Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing.


Master of Publishing and Editing