Publishing and Communication


The Publishing and Communications program at the University of Melbourne combines hands-on skills development with in-depth analysis of this rapidly changing industry. We equip students with globally-recognised skills to enable them to pursue a career in book, magazine, digital and web-based publishing, and professional communications. Our courses are relevant to those wishing to enter the industry and to professionals seeking to update their skills or engage in industry research.

The program is taught by experienced publishing professionals. Subjects offered reflect the broad spectrum of skills and expertise sought by employers, including:

  • Copy and structural editing
  • Digital content creation
  • Print production and design
  • Project management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Professional communication
  • Technical writing and editing
  • Ethical and legal issues

Our well-established internship program has direct links with over 150 local, national and international organisations, enabling students to gain valuable experience by working closely with industry mentors. An Industry Advisory Committee enhances our close connection to industry practices.

Staff are also active researchers whose work canvasses current trends in the international publishing industry and its social and historical contexts. They are also members of industry bodies and regular participants in industry forums.

I started a PhD by asking the question, "why do some books become popular? What makes a book a critical hit or a massive word-of-mouth success?" And as I followed those questions I felt a fascination with the publishing industry... Dr Beth Driscoll , Lecturer in Publishing and Communications


Graduate coursework

Graduate research