Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing)

Grammar and syntax get you going? Then make writing a career

If the literary word (and editing the heck out of it) stimulates your scholarly tastebuds, then this course will be the catalyst for igniting your belletristic passions (look that one up in your dictionary).

Targeted at those aiming for a lofty professional level, this course will allow you to edit stimulating prose like a master across a range of contexts and media. Side step into the Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication (in Professional Writing) and word-soaked careers also await, including as a journalist, editor, publisher or freelance writer extraordinaire.

Open to new admissions


Admission open to

Domestic students and International students

Level of Study


Full-time Study Duration

1 year

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Course code


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Career Outcomes

Study a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing) at UC and you will:

  • demonstrate a high-level understanding of the structure and function of the publishing industry
  • demonstrate a developed understanding of the processes and roles involved in the publishing field
  • develop both the conceptual and practical skills required to edit at a professional level
  • develop high-level critical and creative thinking skills, including from a theoretical, legal and ethical standpoint
  • produce work in both print and electronic media.

Career Opportunities

  • Creative, professional or freelance writer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Media officer

Work Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Course details

Sample study plan


  • Introduction to editing
  • Advanced editing
  • Restricted choice units x 2

Course specific

Students must have a bachelor degree or equivalent as approved by the University's Admissions Committee, provide a portfolio of creative writing and be familiar with the conventions of writing including narrative structures, fiction and non-fiction forms, grammar and syntax.

Students also need to be familiar with word processing and preferably with other computer programs, including web page design and desktop publishing programs.


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