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The industry-accredited Master of Publishing degree equips candidates with the skills and knowledge required for book, magazine, digital and online publishing.

The 18-month degree (three semesters) offers both professional training with direct vocational applications, as well as providing a scholarly approach to the history of publishing, its cultural significance and changing directions. Our units of study consider aspects of book, magazine and online editing; manuscript preparation; print and website production; publication design; and marketing.

This range of study provides you with both practical production skills and an understanding of cultural consumption in theory and practice. The course is aimed at students who wish to take up, or already occupy, career positions in publishing or in other organisations where an in-depth understanding of the publishing world would enhance their professional prospects.

It includes a competitive elective internship unit which is one of the capstone options. There is also an elective extracurricular anthology project so that graduates are equipped with real-world experience and have the opportunity to develop a portfolio. For those students not undertaking an internship, the capstone options are a 6 credit point Professional Project or a 6 credit point Advanced Media Project or a 12 credit point Dissertation (2 units completed across 2 semesters). As such, the Masters is suited to those people with little or no knowledge of publishing, as well as those already working within the industry. The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate courses provide shorter avenues to update and extend your professional skills, explore new career directions, or a pathway to the Masters. All degrees can be taken as full-time or part-time.

Core units of study available in these degrees are: Editing and Proofreading; Making Magazines; Publication Design; Book Publishing Business; Book Design and Production and Reading Magazines.

Students may enrol in 12 credit points of any postgraduate MECO units outside those listed in the Publishing subject area as electives with permission from the relevant degree director and 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.

See also: Health Communication, Media Practice, Strategic Public Relations, Digital Communication and Cultures

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the course rules in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Master of Publishing
Candidates for the Master of Publishing are required to complete 72 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study
  • at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study

Graduate Diploma in Publishing
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Publishing are required to complete 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study

Graduate Certificate in Publishing
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Publishing are required to complete 24 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1 year 48
AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline 1 year 48



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Degree Coordinator: Dr Megan Le Masurier
Phone: +61 2 9351 3628