Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr David Dunstan


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


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, to take electives at fourth and fifth year level, and to undertake at fifth year, a supervised thesis that would qualify the candidate for admission to a PhD.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the field of publishing studies
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of publishing in cultural development
  • demonstrate a knowledge of publishing in its Australian and international contexts in various forms, e.g. books, journals, magazines, electronic and scholarly publications
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practices of publishing and editing
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of editorial and production management as they apply to publishing
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of new forms of publishing, especially electronic publishing
  • demonstrate an understanding of the forms of expression in the publishing industries and better comprehend the enduring role of text in publishing and electronic media
  • demonstrate an understanding of commercial, professional, ethical and organisational contexts of publishing
  • apply advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal

demonstrate advanced analytical skills

  • demonstrate a thorough understanding 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

Core units

  • APG4670 Authorship, editing and text
  • APG4800 Publishing history, culture and commerce
  • APG4801 Publishing processes and new technology


One of:

  • APG4672 Advanced editing
  • APG4674 Selling the book and publication rights

Level five

Students must complete 24 points from the following:

  • APG5040 The publishing firm internship
  • APG5041 The professional editor internship
  • APG5672 Advanced editing
  • APG5864 Publishing industry project
  • APG5866 Publishing internship project
  • other level five units as approved by the course coordinator

Students are encouraged to select additional level-five units and to discuss their choice with the course coordinator. Examples of such units include:

  • APG5398 New communications media
  • APG5401 Media empires and entrepreneurs

Alternatively students may undertake the 24-point thesis thesis (part-time over two semesters or full time over one semester), with a minimum distinction average in level-four units and with the approval of the coordinator:

  • APG5859 Publishing research thesis (24 points)
  • APG5860 Publishing research thesis, part 1 (12 points) and APG5861 Publishing research thesis, part 2 (12 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