UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Rural and Remote Medicine (thesis and coursework)

The Master of Rural and Remote Medicine is a broad-based degree course for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching or research focused on rural and remote medicine. As rural and remote medicine is a generalist discipline the range of research topics is very wide, from large-scale epidemiological studies to educational and qualitative or clinical studies.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Rural and Remote Medicine (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviationMRRM
Course code90680
Course typemaster's degree by thesis and coursework
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code058925J
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required72
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeRTP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Denese Playford

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

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

Take all units (12 points):

S1, S2RMED5802Philosophy of Rural and Remote Medicine
S1, S2RMED5803Principles of Clinical Teaching and Learning (Rural)

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

S1RMED5801Rural Clinical Education Practice
S1, S2RMED5804Research Methods for Rural Medicine
S1, S2RMED5805Special Topics in Rural and Remote Medicine—Communication
S1, S2RMED5806Special Topics in Rural and Remote Medicine—Clinical

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

S1, S2RMED5901Thesis Research (full-time) (48 points)
S1, S2RMED5902Thesis Research (part-time) (48 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) (i) the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and

(ii)A. completed or be completing fellowship training in a primary care or equivalent specialty college; or

B. a level of prior professional rural experience which, in the opinion of the Faculty, would enable the applicant to complete the course;


(b) completed the Graduate Certificate in Rural and Remote Medicine from this University.

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:

  • 90220 Graduate Certificate in Rural and Remote Medicine (24 points)
  • 90680 Master of Rural and Remote Medicine (72 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine 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 72 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.

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

Time limit

13. The time limit is five years from the date of first enrolment in the course.


14. 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.


15. For students other than those admitted under Rule 4(b), credit granted for work completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised tertiary institution will not exceed 24 points.

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, 2

1 This is subject to the postgraduate fees policy.

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