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Master of  Writing, Editing and Publishing

Program code: 5681
CRICOS code: 093732E


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 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 18-month program is suitable for those with an approved bachelor's 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
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 4.5; or

GCArts or GDipArts in a relevant field with a GPA of 4.5; or

GCWEP with a GPA or 4.5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 4.5 plus two years relevant professional experience (either paid or voluntary), with documented evidence (such as references).

*Please note if the GCArts or GDipArts or GCWEP is used as the basis of entry into the program as you do not have an existing approved degree in the same discipline, you will not be eligible for credit towards the Masters program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application 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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,576
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Writing, Editing and Publishing is 5681. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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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).

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.

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 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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