UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Human Biology (coursework and dissertation)

This course makes available advanced training in the subject area of human biology. It enables students to upgrade their knowledge and develop investigative skills by participating in projects in different areas in human biology, critical reviews of literature, collection of material (field, experimental or literature) and the processing, analysis and evaluation of data. The course may provide a pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) if the dissertation is completed at a sufficiently high standard, and other admission criteria can be met.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Human Biology (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMHumBiol
Course code53520
Course typemaster's degree by coursework and dissertation
Statusnot available in 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code064874J
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 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 typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Shane Maloney

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

Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (72 points):

Note: Research skills
N/AANHB5438Human Biology Project (24 points)
N/AANHB5446Human Biology Dissertation Part 1 (18 points)
N/AANHB5447Human Biology Dissertation Part 2 (18 points)
S1APHB4002Research Design and Analysis Part 1
S2APHB4003Research Design and Analysis Part 2

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

NSANHB5431Fundamentals of Sleep Technology
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
S1APHB5501Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
N/AAPHB5502Human Ecology
S1APHB5505Advanced Studies in Physiology
S2APHB5510Advanced Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science
S2APHB5511Advanced Art and Life Manipulation
S1DENT5600Principles of Dental Public Health
S1DENT5627Oral Health Promotion
S2DENT5628Management and Financing of Oral Health Services
S2DENT5629Research Methods in Dental Public and Primary Health
S2NEUR4010Modern Research Tools in Neuroscience
S2NEUR5011Neurodevelopment and its Disorders
N/APHYL5510Physiology of the Auditory System

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



Note: This course is not available in 2017.

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 relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

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:

  • 51320 Graduate Diploma in Human Biology (48 points)
  • 53520 Master of Human Biology (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Human Biology 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. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

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. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 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. The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, may grant credit towards the course up to a value of 48 points at Level 4 or higher to an applicant who has completed—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree with honours;


(b) a relevant Graduate Diploma in Science;


(c) a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field requiring at least four years of full-time study.