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.