UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Clinical Pathology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course extends the students' undergraduate learning in the biomedical sciences with a focus on the knowledge and technical skill set required for research or employment in the diagnostic and research environments of clinical pathology. The first half of the course focuses on the six major disciplines of clinical pathology (biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science, immunology, anatomical pathology, genetics and microbiology) as well as key elements of professional practice (e.g. communication skills, occupational health and safety, quality control, ethics, regulatory/legislative frameworks). The course structure allows students to exit the course after the first year with a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pathology. The second year of the master's degree course provides students with advanced training in two or three of the aforementioned disciplines including relevant laboratory experience.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Clinical Pathology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMCP
Course code92510
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time
ArticulationThe Master of Clinical Pathology has the following exit award: 92310 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pathology (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit8 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredQEII Medical Centre
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Assistant Professor Clayton Fragall

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.

Year 1

Take all units (48 points):

S1MICR5829Foundations of Infectious Diseases
S2PATH5121Clinical Biochemistry
S2PATH5131Anatomical Pathology
S1PATH5141Clinical Immunology
S2PATH5151Molecular Pathology
S1PATH5161Haematology
S1PATH5511Clinical Laboratory Skills 1
S2PATH5514Clinical Laboratory Skills 2

Year 2

Note: For students electing the Master of Clinical Pathology by coursework, take all unit(s): (i) from group A (12 points); and (ii) comprising any three specialisations chosen from group C to group H (36 points)

For students electing the Master of Clinical Pathology by coursework and dissertation, take all unit(s): (i) from group B (24 points); and (ii) comprising any two specialisations chosen from group C to group H (24 points)

For students in the course by coursework only, take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (12 points):

Group A

S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I

For students in the course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (24 points):

Group B

S1PATH5113Research Project Proposal
S2PATH5114Research Communication
S1PATH5115Research Project Part 1
S2PATH5116Research Project Part 2

Anatomical Pathology specialisation

Take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (12 points):

Group C

S1PATH5132Advanced Anatomical Pathology
S2PATH5135Anatomical Pathology Practicum

Clinical Biochemistry specialisation

Take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (12 points):

Group D

S1PATH5122Advanced Clinical Biochemistry
S2PATH5125Clinical Biochemistry Practicum

Clinical Immunology specialisation

Take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (12 points):

Group E

S1PATH5142Advanced Clinical Immunology
S1, S2PATH5145Clinical Immunology Practicum

Clinical Microbiology specialisation

Take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (12 points):

Group F

S1PATH5172Advanced Clinical Microbiology
S2PATH5175Clinical Microbiology Practicum

Haematology specialisation

Take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (12 points):

Group G

S1PATH5162Advanced Haematology
S2PATH5165Haematology Practicum

Molecular Pathology specialisation

Take all units in this group as per the sequence notes (12 points):

Group H

S1PATH5152Advanced Molecular Pathology
S2PATH5155Molecular Pathology Practicum

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

Rules

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

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a relevant major.

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) This course has the following exit award:

  • 92310 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pathology (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Clinical Pathology course before completing it, but has completed 48 points from the list of first year units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pathology.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-ANTPY Anatomical Pathology
  • SP-CLBCH Clinical Biochemistry
  • SP-CLIMM Clinical Immunology
  • SP-CLMBY Clinical Microbiology
  • SP-HMTGY Haematology
  • SP-MOLEC Molecular Pathology

(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.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is 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. 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;

and

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

Additional rules

Specialisations

13.(1) This course leads to multiple specialisations.

(2) Students in the course by coursework only, must take specialisation-specific units comprising three specialisations in Year 2.

(3) Students in the course by coursework and dissertation, must take specialisation-specific units comprising two specialisations in Year 2.