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Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing) - 901AA

Course Code: 901AA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Arts and Communications
UAC Code: 880535
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Professional training to write and edit for any media

This course will enhance your editing skills to a professional standard across a number of media and contexts. 

Study our Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing) and you will:

  • absorb a high-level understanding of the structure and function of the publishing industry
  • develop both the conceptual and practical skills required to edit at a professional level
  • produce work in both print and electronic media.

Important to know

  • This course takes 2 semesters of part time study or 3 semesters if starting midyear. 


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Current and Commencing Students
Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent as approved by the University's Admissions Committee.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of creative writing (3-4 pieces, in any genre or form). Applications will be judged on this portfolio in addition to other admission requirements.

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with the conventions of writing, including narrative structures, fiction and nonfiction forms, grammar and syntax, are an advantage; excellent use of written English is essential for work in this area. Applicants also need to be familiar with word processing and preferably with other computer programs, including web page design and desktop publishing programs.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing GradCert ProfWrtg

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
A developed understanding of the processes and roles involved in the publishing field. .
High level critical and creative thinking skills, including theoretical, legal and ethical aspects. .
High level skills in substantive and copy editing and manuscript development. .
Demonstrated capacity to work at a high level in the production of texts. .

Course Duration

Standard two semesters part-time. Maximum four semesters

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

This certificate is subsumable within the Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication (Professional Writing).


  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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