Graduate Diploma in Publishing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in Publishing degree, accredited by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), equips you with the skills required for book, magazine, digital and online publishing. This degree offers both professional training with direct vocational applications, as well as a scholarly approach to the history of publishing, its cultural significance and changing directions.

The Master of Publishing 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.

You will have the opportunity to study 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 hands- on production skills and an in-depth understanding of how our culture consumes print and online content. You will have the option of selecting an elective internship unit as well as an extra-curricular anthology project. This means our graduates are equipped with real world experience, professional network connections and the opportunity to develop a portfolio.

Within the spectrum of book, magazine and online publishing, career areas can include editing and proof reading; publication design and layout; literary agent or publicist; or creative, non- fiction or professional writer. Our course is taught by current industry professionals with extensive experience in book, magazine and online publishing.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The Graduate Diploma in Publishing requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a maximum 24 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 6 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Publishing subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The courses are aimed at students who wish to take up, or already occupy, career positions in publishing or other organisations where an in-depth understanding of publishing would enhance their professional prospects. Those who already hold publishing skills will broaden their knowledge to acquire an overview of production and management processes qualifying them for promotion. Recent humanities graduates can gain practical knowledge through work placement and production unit.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Publishing requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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Additional incidental fees

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International students

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

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Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Publishing.