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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleGradCertProfEdit
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Dr David Dunstan


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only


The preparation and release of publications and documentation in this profession invariably requires both a high degree of editorial competence and a sound knowledge of a discipline. Professionals know their work but the education they receive in their field does not prepare them to be a professional editor. Professional publishing (of journals and books in print or electronic form) employs graduates of a wide variety of the professional disciplines, not just the humanities. This program equips trained professionals from a wide variety of fields to undertake publishing ventures and to enter the publishing industries.

In particular, this course offers the component of professional education in editing to graduates who are about to begin their professional career, or to those who want to develop special skills in editing for professional purposes.


On completion of this course students should:

  • be able to apply the skills of a professional editor to a variety of practical publishing situations
  • be able to further develop his/her skills as professional editor
  • have the ability to critically review standard editorial style guides and production manuals
  • understand the role of the professional editor in the development of complex electronic publications
  • undertake the role of the senior or managing editor in a variety of publishing situations
  • undertake the responsibilities of the professional editor in the management of publishing projects and, for this purpose, in-house or freelance editors, designers, illustrators and book production staff
  • be able to scrutinise and consider codes of publishing practice and newly evolving formal statements of editorial standards.


This course consists of three core units.


Students complete:

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum credit average are eligible to apply for entry into the related graduate diploma.


Graduate Certificate in Professional Editing