Publishing and editing


    • To understand the business of publishing and the work of the author, publisher, editor, designer, production manager, publicist, sales manner, sales representative and bookseller.
    • To acquire advanced skills in editing, producing, promoting and selling print and electronic publications.
    • To examine publishing methods and new technologies; copyright and other intellectual property rights; national and international sales and marketing of publications; publishing project commissioning and management.

    To explore the rich history and culture of publishing, to examine the history and changing culture of reading, debates in the industry and the community concerning the value and significance of books and the challenges posed by e-commerce, new technologies and international trading

    Monash University has offered a Graduate Publishing and Editing program since 1996, and graduates of the program have been employed widely in the publishing industry, both in Australia and overseas. Monash University’s Master of Publishing and Editing meets a specific industry need and is designed to equip graduates for a diversity of careers in the publishing industry.

    Publishing is a vibrant, rapidly changing international industry. Australia’s information-age economy and English-language culture means that Monash University’s graduate programs offer an ideal environment for local and international students who wish to study Publishing and Editing.

    Industry relevance

    The Graduate Publishing and Editing Program is a highly regarded, industry-relevant program, taught by publishing industry practitioners, academics and industry guest lecturers who possess hands-on experience as well as a thorough knowledge of the publishing industry.

    For example, lecturer Dana Rowan is a professional editor whose passion for finely crafted language, evident throughout two decades of teaching prospective editors at both Monash and RMIT University, underpins student learning in Monash’s editing units.

    Trischa Mann has broad industry experience as an in-house and freelance editor, indexer, and project manager, working for a range of commercial publishers, government agencies and private clients. As an author, she has received two industry awards in educational publishing.

    Students are provided with an opportunity to complete an internship in any publishing sector of their choice, and are encouraged to participate fully in publishing industry conferences, seminars and other events. As part of their final-year program, students not already working in the publishing industry may complete optional careers workshops designed to assist them in making a successful transition to the publishing industry.

    Monash Publishing and Editing students participate regularly in the Australian Booksellers Association Fair. In addition, students attend industry functions such as book launches and industry speakers are a feature of the program.

    Flexible study options

    The Master of Publishing and Editing degree may be completed in 1.5 years (3 semesters) on a full-time study basis or 3 years (6 semesters) on a part-time basis.

    This degree comprises three core (compulsory) units and a range of elective units covering advanced editing, the professional editor and the publishing firm. Full-time students take two units in each semester.

    Course information

    For all relevant information about Publishing and Editing course options, including pre-requisites and course structure, please see the Monash Subject Handbook.

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  • Dr David Dunstan (Program Director) David is a historian, researcher and writer. He has worked in journalism, with government and cultural institutions and in universities. He is a graduate of Monash, Melbourne and RMIT universities and worked with Museum Victoria developing its publications list. He joined Monash University in 1994 and helped to establish its Graduate ... Read more
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  • The publishing industry is a significant employer of tertiary-educated staff in the long-established book and magazine sectors, and now also in the electronic publishing sector. Australia has a dynamic industry with annual publishing industry sales estimated around AUD$2 billion annually, including a sizeable export market in books and rights sales. More than 5,000 people are ... Read more