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Master of  Writing, Editing and Publishing

Program code: 5680

Delivery location

St Lucia


1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Writing, Editing and Publishing program addresses the escalating demand for specialist writing and editing in today's workforce, and provides you with the practical communication skills to succeed in traditional and new media.

  • This one-year master's program is suitable for those with an approved honours degree – see Program Details for entry requirements. You'll learn about the ever-changing landscape of the Australian and international publishing industries.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of all stages of the writing process. You will develop practical knowledge and experience in writing and editing across all genres, including academic papers, business documents, fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and more.
  • Tailor your experience to suit your aspirations. You can choose to specialise in professional or creative writing, or undertake coursework that covers both fields.
  • Benefit from a program that maintains a close connection to the publishing industry and offers courses that focus on contemporary writing, editing, and publishing practices.

Gain the essential written communication and critical thinking skills to make yourself job ready in this changing economy.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    You will have access to world-class teachers who have extensive and current industry experience.

  • Professional experience


    Gain hands-on experience through internships – an opportunity to work at University of Queensland Press, Griffith Review, Harlequin, Wiley Educational Publishing, and many others.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Network and engage

    There are many opportunities for networking and intensive and extensive online engagement designed to support classroom learning. An accelerating international focus, means enhanced employment prospects for graduates.

  • Alumni
    The wide-reaching scope of the course means I’ve been able to work, not only in the arts, but in the corporate world – globally. Beth Barber, Master of Writing, Editing, and Publishing (2016)

Career outcomes

The program offers graduates a wide range of opportunities to pursue either freelance or salaried careers in writing, editing, and publishing.

Graduates have found employment in Australia and internationally in writing and editing for social media and mainstream publications in the arts, advertising, business, education, marketing, science, technology, and journalism.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline.

Same discipline is defined as a degree in English, English literature, writing, journalism, communication, art history, history, law and other relevant fields from the humanities and social sciences.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $19,860
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing is 5680. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio with their application for enrolment and demonstrate an appropriate standard to the satisfaction of the program director. The portfolio should include approximately 10 word processed pages of writing (e.g. assignments submitted in previous courses, workplace documents, creative writing manuscripts).

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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