UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Infectious Diseases

This course enables students to undertake a combined PhD (in their chosen discipline) and Master of Infectious Diseases.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleDoctor of Philosophy and Master of Infectious Diseases
Award abbreviationPhD, MInfDis
Course code01810/52520
Course typecombined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Graduate Research School
CRICOS code061839C
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
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 duration4 years
Time limit8 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP (master's degree) and RTP (PhD)

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.

This course requires the preparation and submission of a Doctor of Philosophy thesis in accordance with the Doctor of Philosophy Rules.

Take all units (72 points):

Note: Students must enrol concurrently in units MICR5831 and MICR5846.
S1MICR5829Foundations of Infectious Diseases
S1MICR5830Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
S2MICR5831Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 1
S2MICR5832Diagnostic Medical Microbiology
S2MICR5833Antimicrobial Agents
S2MICR5834Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases
S2MICR5835Vectors of Infectious Diseases and Vector Control
S2MICR5836Public and Environmental Health Microbiology
S1MICR5842Principles of Infection and Immunity
S2MICR5846Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 2
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
NSPUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

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—met the requirements set out in Doctor of Philosophy Rule 2 except that both the Board of the Graduate Research School (the Board) and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (the Faculty) will decide who is eligible.

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. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 01810/52520 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Infectious Diseases (72 points)
  • 52530 Master of Infectious Diseases (96 points)

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 who—

(a) do not pass units to a points value of at least half the total points value of any units in which they remain enrolled;


(b) fail a unit that they have previously failed;


(c) do not satisfy the Board through relevant reports that their progress towards the Doctor of Philosophy has been appropriate, 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. Unless the Faculty and the Board approve otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

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. Students who qualify for the award of the Master of Infectious Diseases are awarded that degree with distinction if they achieve a course weighted average mark of at least 80 per cent in—

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

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

(c) all units completed at this University that are credited towards 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

MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity

MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology

MICR5846 Molecular and Cellular Microbiology Part 2; or

(b) obtains a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in a unit in which they are currently enrolled and which is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.

Confirmation of candidature

14. Doctor of Philosophy Rule 61 applies to confirmation of candidature.

Submission of research proposal and thesis

15.(1) A student must submit a full research proposal to the Board no later than 31 October in the year of their commencement of candidature if enrolled full-time or within nine months of their date of commencement if enrolled part-time.

(2) A student must, before submission of the thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, complete the Master of Infectious Diseases component as set out in Rule 7.

Time limit

16. Unless the Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine approves otherwise, students must complete the units required under Rule 3 within four calendar years from the date of first enrolment in the combined course.

Qualification for award

17. A student who successfully completes the units required under Rule 7 and completes the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy will qualify for the degrees of Master of Infectious Diseases and Doctor of Philosophy.