Master of Infectious Diseases (coursework and dissertation)

This course provides advanced training in the field of infectious diseases including topics in medical microbiology, tropical infectious diseases and public and environmental health microbiology. It includes an individual research project or a research practicum. Practicums are not offered every year. Students who complete the first year of the course with weighted average mark of at least 70% may apply to complete an extended research project in the second year, subject to availability of projects. Students undertaking the extended research project complete fewer coursework units. The course is aimed at science-based and medical professionals intending to work in research and hospital diagnostic laboratories, medical clinics, government health departments and international agencies.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Infectious Diseases (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MInfectDis
Course code
52530
Course type
master's degree by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
058929E

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Barbara Chang
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2019

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2020 or 2021.

Take all Core units. Take either (Group C coursework units with either Group A Research Project or Group B Research Practicum, 48 points) or take Group D Extended Research Project 48 points.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1MICR5829Foundations of Infectious Diseases
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330); or the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530) or the Master of Clinical Pathology (92510)
S1MICR5830Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases or Master of Infectious Diseases
S2MICR5831Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases
S2MICR5832Diagnostic Medical Microbiology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases; or Master of Infectious Diseases; or Master of Clinical Pathology
S1MICR5842Principles of Infection and Immunity
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases; or Master of Infectious Diseases
S2MICR5846Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
S2PUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

A Research Project

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1MICR5838Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases 52530
S1MICR5841Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases 52530

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

B Research Practicum

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AMICR5839Research Practicum in Infectious Diseases Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
approval from the Course Coordinator and enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases 52530
N/AMICR5840Research Practicum in Infectious Diseases Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Approval from the Course Coordinator and enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases 52530

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

C Coursework units

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2MICR5833Antimicrobial Agents
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases; or Master of Infectious Diseases; or Master of Pharmacy
S2MICR5834Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases or Master of Infectious Diseases
S2MICR5835Vectors of Infectious Diseases and Vector Control
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases; or Master of Infectious Diseases
S2MICR5836Public and Environmental Health Microbiology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases; or Master of Infectious Diseases

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

D Extended Research Project

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1MICR5843Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
approval from the Course Coordinator and either enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530) with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 per cent in the first year, or completion of the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330) with a WAM of at least 70 per cent in that course
S1MICR5844Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
approval from the Course Coordinator and either enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530) with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 per cent in the first year, or completion of the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330) with a WAM of at least 70 per cent in that course
Co-requisites:
MICR5843 Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 1
S2MICR5845Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 3 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
approval from Course Coordinator and either enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530) with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 per cent in the first year, or enrolment in completion of the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330) with a WAM of at least 70 per cent in that course.
Co-requisites:
MICR5844 Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 2
S2MICR5848Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 4 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
approval from the Course Coordinator and either enrolment in the Master of Infectious Diseases (52530) with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 per cent in the first year, or completion of the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (51330) with a WAM of at least 70 per cent in that course
Co-requisites:
MICR5845 Extended Research Project in Infectious Diseases Part 3
Example 1
Course Study Plan: PSP-52530-1
Example 2
Course Study Plan: PSP-52530-2

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree1, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) (i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent in the Level 3 units; or

(ii) at least three years of relevant full-time professional experience; or

(iii) evidence of adequate research outputs, as recognised by UWA.

1A relevant bachelor's degree includes a Bachelor of Science in a biomedical or biological discipline, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Science, and a bachelor's degree in applied biomedical science or public health (medical technology, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary science).

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 51330 Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (48 points)
  • 52530 Master of Infectious Diseases (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Infectious Diseases course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances—

(a) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 but has been permitted to re-enrol in recognition of exceptional circumstances;

(b) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'Suspended' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time;

(c) the Faculty will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the second time.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Supplementary assessment

13. Academic Council has granted permission for an opportunity for supplementary assessment to be granted to a student who—

(a) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in any of the following units:

MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases

MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology

MICR5832 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology

MICR5833 Antimicrobial Agents

MICR5834 Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases

MICR5835 Vectors of Infectious Disease and Vector Control

MICR5836 Public and Environmental Health Microbiology

MICR5842 Principles of Infection Microbiologyand Immunity

MICR5846 Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 2