UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Aboriginal Health (thesis and coursework)

This course enables students to appropriately investigate current issues regarding Aboriginal health and health care with due consideration to Aboriginal knowledge, western biomedical knowledge, ethics, and a range of research methodologies.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Aboriginal Health (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviationMAH
Course code90690
Course typemaster's degree by thesis and coursework
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeRTP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Dawn Bessarab

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (24 points):

NSAHEA5755Aboriginal Health
S1, S2AHEA5801Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I

Take unit(s) to the value of 72 points:

Group A

S1, S2AHEA5880Aboriginal Health Thesis (Research) (full-time) (72 points)
S1, S2AHEA5881Aboriginal Health Thesis (Research) (part-time) (72 points)

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



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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 bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;


(b) a level of prior professional health-related experience which, in the opinion of the Faculty, would enable the applicant to complete the course.

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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

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. Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they fail a unit twice.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

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. Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

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 in—

(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;


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

Additional rules


13. Unless the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, permits otherwise, a student must enrol in units to the value of at least 24 points in any year of enrolment.


14. Credit granted for work completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised institution will not exceed 18 points.

[Approved exception to University Policy]


15. Under exceptional circumstances assessed on a case by case basis, the Faculty, on recommendation by the course coordinator, may permit a student to substitute units up to a maximum of 12 points another unit or other units of equivalent value.

Thesis submission and examination

16. Submission and examination of the thesis is governed by the relevant master's degree by research rules for courses administered by the Board of the Graduate Research School.1

1 The Graduate Research School administers the examination and classification of the thesis.