Master of Publishing

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

The Master of Publishing is accredited by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), and will equip you with the skills required for book, magazine, digital and online publishing. This course offers both professional training with direct vocational applications and a scholarly approach to the history of publishing, its cultural significance and changing directions.

This 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.

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. If you have achieved a credit or higher in two core units, you can complete an internship, as well as an extracurricular anthology project. This means our graduates are equipped with real-world experience, professional network connections and the opportunity to develop a portfolio.

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 MPub requires the satisfactory completion of:
(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Publishing subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.
(c) at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study."

Candidates electing to undertake an internship (6cp) must discuss their professional placement with the academic coordinator prior to enrolment. Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and also discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolment. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Publishing have the option of completing an internship with a value of 6 credit points. Placements are arranged for a period of professional experience in a publishing house, company or organisation (book, magazine or Internet publishing), in the areas of editing, sales, publicity, management or marketing. The internship is completed over 10 full-time working days, or part-time over a longer period. Students are supervised by a member of the organisation and are required to submit a 1500 word reflective journal and a 2500 word research essay on a topic devised with the academic coordinator.

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Publishing also have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study, normally undertaken over two semesters, with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Publishing equips graduates with the practical skills and theoretical understanding required for book, magazine and online publishing. Within this spectrum career areas can include editing and proofreading; publication design and layout; literary agent or publicist; or creative, non-fiction or professional writer.

Course accreditation

This program has been accredited by the Australian Publishers Association (APA).

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Publishing who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Publishing requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Publishing with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, 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.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

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).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Publishing.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

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Annual review

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

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Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Publishing.