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    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Overview

Acquire the latest skills required for the dynamic world of book, magazine, digital and online publishing. You will receive professional training with direct vocational applications, as well as a scholarly understanding of publishing, its cultural significance and changing directions.

Study many aspects of publishing, from book, magazine and online editing to print and website production, design and marketing.

Why study with us? 

The course is taught by industry professionals with extensive experience in book, magazine and online publishing, as well as leading scholars in the field. 

You can tailor this course to suit your career objectives, taking guidance from your degree director on which electives best suit your specific career goals.

Achieve a Credit (65%) result or higher in four core units and you can complete an internship for credit in your final semester. You can also apply for participation in our extracurricular anthology project to produce an edited collection as a printed book. 

Study with future colleagues and make essential industry connections.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 15 January)

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 30 June)

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2
- 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Publishing you must complete 72 credit points of units of study comprising:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
  • a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 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, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties; and
  • at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning / credit for previous studies is available for this course, refer to Admission requirement below.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Towards the end of your degree you will complete a capstone experience. This can be:

  • a competitive elective Media and Communication internship (6 credit points); or
  • a Professional Practice project (6 credit points); or
  • a Dissertation (12 credit points).

If you wish to undertake an internship, you must discuss yourr professional placement with the academic coordinator prior to enrolment.

If you wish to undertake a dissertation, you must prepare a research proposal and also discuss your 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.

Admission requirement

Entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year degree program is determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of Publishing (1.5 years full-time) requires:

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

Admission to candidature for the Master of Publishing (1 year full-time) requires:

  • completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Publishing with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • an Honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • relevant professional work experience and a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet the requirements listed above for direct entry to the Master’s degree, you may be able to enter via a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same subject area and upgrade to the Master’s after successful completion of the shorter course.

Professional accreditation

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

Career Pathways

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

Our graduates establish careers in publishing houses, as editorial staff at magazines, and as social media editors.

Domestic students

International students

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