UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Child Health Research (thesis and coursework)

This course is primarily designed for medical, nursing and allied health professionals who are undergoing advanced training in paediatrics or specialisation in a child health related clinical field and who are interested in incorporating research into their clinical careers, or who are required to do research as part of their training. It is suitable for paraclinical graduates who are specifically interested in clinical science, population or translational research in child health. The course enables students to develop skills in planning and conducting high quality research, analysis and dissemination of research findings. Health professionals completing the course further develop their ability to incorporate evidence-based medicine into clinical practice.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Child Health Research (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviationMCHR
Course code91610
Course typemaster's degree by thesis and coursework
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code083860B
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 required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeRTP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Sunalene Devadason

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; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (12 points):

S2PAED4401Research Conduct and Ethics
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I

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

Group A

NSPAED5901MChHRes Thesis Research (full-time) (72 points)
NSPAED5902MChHRes Thesis Research (part-time) (72 points)

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

Note: Alternative units relevant to the research project may be selected with the approval of the Faculty.

Group B

S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
N/APUBH5742Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
NSPUBH5785Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data
N/APUBH5802Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health

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 of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or a Doctor of Medicine or a bachelor's degree in a relevant biomedical or health discipline from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;


(b) a course weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;


(c) a minimum of two years of relevant postgraduate professional experience.

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.(1) 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.

(2) Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they fail a core 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. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the 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 four years from the date of first enrolment in the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]


14. 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 units of equivalent value.

Thesis submission and examination

15. 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.