This course provides advanced training in the field of infectious diseases including topics in medical microbiology, tropical infectious diseases, and public and environmental health microbiology. Units have a practical emphasis enhanced by laboratory classes. The course is aimed at science-based and medical professionals intending to work in hospital diagnostic or research laboratories, medical clinics, government health departments and international agencies.
- Course title
- Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- Postgraduate diploma
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- Biomedical Sciences
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year only
- Attendance type
- Full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 1 year
- Time limit
- 4 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Professor Barbara Chang
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
Example Study Plan
See study plans for more information.
Key to availability of units:
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Take all units (48 points):
|Availability||Unit code||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|S1||MICR5829||Foundations of Infectious Diseases||
||lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; labs/demonstrations: 4 hours per week|
|S1||MICR5830||Principles of Mycology and Parasitology||
||lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes: 2 hours per week|
|S2||MICR5832||Diagnostic Medical Microbiology||
||lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes/assignments: 4 hours per week|
|S2||MICR5834||Tropical, Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases||
||lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes/assignments: 3 hours per week|
|S2||MICR5836||Public and Environmental Health Microbiology||
||lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes/assignments: 3 hours per week|
|S1||MICR5842||Principles of Infection and Immunity||
||lectures/eLearning tutorials: average of 2 hours per week; labs/demonstrations: 3 hours per week for 5 weeks; 3 seminars of 15 min each, per group of 3 students.|
|S1, S2||PUBH4403||Epidemiology I||None||lectures: 60-70 minutes recorded lectures per week; online tutorial worksheets: ~ 2-3 hours per week|
|S2||PUBH5761||Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases||None||online tuition: 3 hours per week|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
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.
4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have
(a) a relevant bachelor's degree1, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(b) (i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent in the Level 3 units; or
(ii) at least three years of relevant full-time professional experience; or
(iii) evidence of adequate research outputs, as recognised by UWA.
1A relevant bachelor's degree includes a Biomedical Sciences or Bachelor of Science in a biomedical or biological discipline, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Science, or a bachelor's degree in applied biomedical science or public health (medical technology, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary science).
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) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:
- 51330 Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases (48 points)
- 52530 Master of Infectious Diseases (96 points)
(2) Students may require to substitute MICR5834 Tropical Travel and Remote Area Infectious Diseases and MICR5836 Public and Enviromental Health Microbiology, for MICR5831 Molecular and Cellular Microbiology and MICR5846 Molecular Epidemiology and Microbial Communities
7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
10. The Faculty will assign a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in any year, unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances.
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. This rule is not applicable to this course.
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).
14. 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 one of the following units:
MICR5829 Foundations of Infectious Diseases
MICR5842 Principles of Infection and Immunity
MICR5830 Principles of Mycology and Parasitology;
(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.