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Graduate Certificate of Editing and Publishing (GCEP) - GradCertEdPub

Programs at USQ are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain professionally-relevant, in order to enhance the graduate outcomes of our students. This program is currently being re-accredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes. Full details will be available when it is approved. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.

Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)Semester 1 (February)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 year part-time 
Program articulation:

To: ; Master of Arts

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Program aims

The program aims to produce graduates who have developed:

  • a high degree of knowledge about the theoretical, legal and ethical aspects of professional editing and publishing

  • practical knowledge and skills in key areas of professional editing and publishing.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Editing and Publishing, students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of:

  • design concepts

  • technical skills

  • legal and ethical constraints

  • editorial processes in the publishing environment.

This program focuses on editing and publishing in the print or text medium and includes activities associated with online publication.

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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university three-year Bachelor degree in any recognised tertiary field or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Graduate Certificate of Editing and Publishing consists of four units of courses. Refer to the Recommended Enrolment Pattern.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
PUB5001 Introduction to Editing and Publishing 11
PUB5002 Writing for Editors 11
PUB5003 Editing in Practice 12Pre-requisite: PUB5001
PUB5004 Professional Practice in Editing and Publishing 12Pre-requisite: PUB5001