UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Arts

Faculty policies and guidelines

All higher degree studies taken by way of research only are under the control of the Academic Board through the Board of the Graduate Research School. These degrees are governed by the Master's Degree by Research Rules and the Doctor of Philosophy Rules. Also refer to the Graduate Research School policies and guidelines. All postgraduate studies by coursework and dissertation or by coursework are administered by the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Arts. Refer to the Faculty of Arts Rules for Postgraduate Courses.

  1. Course entry and prerequisites
  2. Fees for postgraduate courses
  3. Higher Degree Preliminary
  4. Unit selection and course structure
  5. Minimum enrolment numbers
  6. Credit
  7. Overloads
  8. Assessment and progress status
  9. Progress status
  10. Academic conduct
  11. Prizes

Course entry and prerequisites

Refer to the Faculty of Arts coursework page for information on postgraduate coursework studies. Further information can be obtained from the Arts Student Office on the ground floor of the Arts Building or by emailing postgrad-arts@uwa.edu.au.

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Fees for postgraduate courses

Domestic students should refer to tuition fees for postgraduate coursework. Students may be eligible for FEE-HELP from the Commonwealth Government. Further information is provided by Student Administration on the University fees and charges page. Any queries should be directed to Student Administration via Ask UWA or by calling 6488 3235.

International students are required to pay fees for their research and coursework programs. Refer to fees for postgraduate coursework degrees for details of course fees. Any queries should be directed to the Arts Student Office or calling 6488 2091.

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Higher Degree Preliminary

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree by research but do not have the necessary preparation may apply for admission to the Higher Degree by Research Preliminary course. This course is up to one year full-time or equivalent part-time and is usually made up of honours-level units of study. This can be varied depending on a student's existing knowledge and what they require to adequately prepare for entry to a higher degree by research.

Refer to the Course details for the Higher Degree by Research (Arts) Course details and the Higher Degree by Research Preliminary policy.

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Unit selection and course structure

All students are advised to consult the Faculty Rules before choosing units. Students should pay particular attention to the course rules pertaining to their postgraduate course and the unit rules which are listed under each unit description in the Unit details section. Students who have any questions in relation to their courses should consult the Arts Student Office.

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Minimum enrolment numbers

In accordance with the University Policy on: Changes to Units, some postgraduate units may be cancelled if the identified minimum enrolment, as set out in Faculty policy, is not achieved. Contact the Arts Student Office for further details.

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The Faculty welcomes enquiries about the granting of credit towards its courses on the basis of relevant prior study at an appropriate level. Each application for credit is assessed on its merits in the context of the University and Faculty policies on the granting of credit. In approving credit, the Faculty aims to ensure that credit granted is compatible with the structure of the academic program to which a student is admitted and that advanced entry to a course is appropriate to the student's background. Enquiries on credit should be addressed to the Arts Student Office.

Refer to the University Policy on: Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning.

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Students should refer to the University Policy on: Full-time and part-time enrolment and overload and Student Rule 15.

Refer to the University Policy on: Assessment.


Within the bounds of University-wide policy, the Faculty is responsible for the formulation of faculty or course-specific policy in areas related to academic assessment. This includes:

  • deferred, supplementary and qualifying examinations and special consideration;
  • progress status categories to be applied on the basis of unsatisfactory progress in terms of academic assessment outcomes (see 'Progress Status' below); and
  • academic misconduct including cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication and falsification of materials submitted for assessment (see 'Ethical scholarship, academic literacy and academic misconduct' below).

Refer to the University Policy on: Assessment.

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Progress status

Each faculty makes such arrangements as it thinks proper for dealing with students who have failed to make satisfactory progress. Full details of the rules governing satisfactory progress are described in the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School), the Student Rules and the Faculty Rules. In the Faculty of Arts, progress status categories are allocated at the end of each calendar year, taking into account a student's results in all units taken in that year.

Opportunity to show cause

Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' are provided with an opportunity to submit a statement of the reasons for their failure to make satisfactory progress and of the steps they have taken, or will take, to address these if they are permitted to re-enrol. Refer to Student Rule 36 and the University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students for further details.

Progress status categories

Following is a summary of the Faculty's progress status categories and associated outcomes:

Good Standing:

Students who have made satisfactory progress are given the status of 'Good Standing' and are permitted to re-enrol.

On Probation:

Excluded students who are permitted to re-enrol by the Dean are awarded a progress status of 'On Probation' and must comply with any conditions placed on their re-enrolment by the Dean.


The Dean, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners in the Faculty of Arts, may exclude a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress. A student who has been excluded must re-apply if they wish to return to study in the course.

Please refer to the University Policy on: Readmitting excluded and lapsed/discontinued students.


Student Rules 43 and 44 provide for appeals against academic assessment and appeals against progress status respectively. Students should refer to Assessment, Satisfactory progress, unsatisfactory progress and progress status, appeals and grievances, University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students and Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students.

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Academic conduct

It is important for all students to read the University Policy on: Academic Conduct.

To access the Faculty's policy on this issue refer to the Academic Dishonesty webpage.

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A number of prizes are available to high achieving students in the Faculty of Arts.

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