MC262 - Master of Writing and Publishing

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Plan: MC262 - Master of Writing and Publishing
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Writing and Publishing
Award abbreviation: MWrit&Publ
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters) full time; 4 years (8 semesters) part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100705
CRICOS code: 088089C

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Purpose of the Program

The aim of the program is to provide writers and publishing professionals with specialised knowledge, high-level mentoring, critical thinking and globally transferable skills – producing flexible and confident graduates in both creative and professional writing practice and the publishing industry. This program, which is strongly practice-led, industry-focused and international in orientation, has been designed to challenge and prepare you for the changing nature of the writing and publishing industries. 

The core of the program, the Bowen Street Press, is a real world, student-led publishing house that encompasses everything from digital and online through to print. Through studio-based practice and a series of projects over your degree, reflecting your individual interests as writers of non-fiction, fiction or poetry and/or as editing and publishing professionals, you will work within the real-world structure of a 21st century publishing house.

The program offers a capstone experience in both the practice-led Bowen Street Press studio and the research-focused Professional Research Project. Both these experiences will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. The program is offered on campus in face to face mode of delivery. 

On successful completion of the program, you will be a professional practitioner with specialised knowledge of the writing and publishing industry. You will be able to analyse issues, work with others, communicate informed ideas and apply independent judgement to problems within a writing and publishing context.

Graduates of this program can expect to work in professional and leadership roles, both local and international, in a broad range of areas such as writing and/or content curation for print and new media (games, apps, ebooks, zines and the net); self-employment as writers and/or editors; and traditional publishing such as books and magazines within the trade, educational and corporate sectors and other non-traditional boutique publishing areas.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

If you have successfully completed one of the following undergraduate programs below, and been accepted into the Masters program, you will be eligible for the 1.5 year (144 credit points) duration of the program. You will receive 48 credit points exemption from the University for courses in the program's first year.

BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)
BP220 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
BP222 Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication)
BP223 Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications specialising in: creative writing, journalism, professional communication or public relations, you will be eligible for exemptions as detailed in the table below.


Qualification levelExemptionsRemaining program duration
Bachelor degree48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Bachelor honours degree96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)
Graduate certificate48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate diploma96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)


If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) students/enrolment/credit/he. Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. 

The Graduate Diploma of Writing and Publishing (GD199) is available as an exit award of the Master of Writing and Publishing. Upon completion of the first year of the Masters program (96 credit points), you will be eligible to exit the program with the Graduate Diploma of Writing and Publishing (GD199).

If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8), i.e. honours, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in the field of creative writing, journalism, professional communication or public relations. Note: exemptions for undergraduate study can not be transferred to the graduate diploma.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Writing and Publishing (MC262) you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including Postgraduate Research programs, subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5, or at least three years of professional experience in the creative writing, journalism, professional communication, public relations and/or editing and publishing area.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (


English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 7, with no band less than 6.5, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page (


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External accreditation and industry links

As a student of the Master of Writing and Publishing you will benefit from extensive industry engagement through guest lectures, industry-based projects and oppotunities for formal and informal networking.

Academics in the Master of Writing and Publishing are industry practitioners, maintaining strong linkages within the contemporary writing and publishing community. The program invites external industry experts as guest lecturers to provide further exposure to current industry developments.

The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of high-profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that the program's links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content

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