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Graduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic Publishing

Macquarie University, Sydney Australia

About the Course

The Graduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic Publishing is designed for practising editors who are looking to consolidate and expand their skill set into new areas of publishing, or for students entering the award with more limited editing experience wanting to gain a qualification that will aid their employment prospects in the industry.

It provides the academic tools to make informed decisions about preparing a text for publication, using linguistic knowledge including grammar, cohesion and regional variation.

Key features

  • The course allows students to keep abreast with the rapid developments in technologies and techniques within editing and publishing.
  • It gives students the knowledge to make decisions about aspects of language such as grammar, punctuation and tone, so that the intended message is most clearly transmitted.
  • Its content equips graduates to work with authors for effective communication with their audiences, and to fulfil the role of editorial project manager.
  • This program can be studied by distance from anywhere in the world.

Suitable for

Experienced editors wanting to consolidate their skills, or to move into a different area of editing. Also, those with limited editing experience, but with sound English-language skills, looking to pursue a career in editing.

Work experience requirements

The program does not require any work experience, but one of the four units can be waived if at least one year of experience in editing, journalism, publicity or editorial management can be demonstrated.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall (with minimum 7.0 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening, 6.0 in Speaking) or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for editing work are diverse, and this award prepares graduates for careers as freelance or in-house editors.

Whether working in commercial publishing (books/e-books or magazines), business or government, successful applicants for work in this field will find themselves part of the expanding network of professional editors and others responsible for print and online publications, as well as the development of website content.

Editorial work can also be found in publicity and promotions for community groups.


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