Master of Clinical Research (thesis and coursework)

This course trains clinicians in the core disciplines of clinical investigation—epidemiology and biostatistics. Additional training is provided in the practical aspects of patient-oriented research including the ethics of clinical research and effective communication of clinical research results.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Clinical Research (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviation
MClinRes
Course code
90620
Course type
master's degree by thesis and coursework
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
056098M

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth), UWA or Other Medical institutions
Domestic fee type
RTP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Damon Bell
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Note
While admission can be anytime throught the year, students must plan their 24 points of coursework units, to fit with semester dates and unit availability.

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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

While admission can be anytime throughout the year, students must plan their 24 points of coursework units, to fit with semester dates and unit availability.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2MEDC5801Development and Communication of Research
over the semester: 18 hours of on-line content, 16 hours of lectures, 2 to 4 hours individual statistics workshop, 8 hours presentations
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
offered intensively

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2MEDC5901Thesis Research (full-time) (72 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Clinical Research 90620
Self directed learning and regular contact with supervisors to a total of approximately 600 hours across each of three semesters, approx 1800 hours total.
S1, S2MEDC5902Thesis Research (part-time) (72 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Clinical Research 90620
Self directed learning and regular contact with supervisors to a total of approximately 300 hours across each of six semesters, approx 1800 hours total.

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2PAED4401Research Conduct and Ethics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a relevant honours or postgraduate course
online modules only
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S1SCOM4402Science Communication Literature Review
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Science Communication honours or Master of Science Communication (51580) or Master of Clinical Research (90620) or Master of Social Science Research Methods (12560)
as arranged with unit coordinator

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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—1 (a) a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or Doctor of Medicine, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) a Bachelor of Dental Science or Doctor of Dental Medicine, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

or

(c) (i) a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent, and

(d) written agreement by a suitable academic on the UWA Register of Supervisors as Principal Supervisor to supervise the project, and written approval from their Head of School, Head of Division, and

(e) written agreement by a suitable academic on the UWA Register of Supervisors as Coordinating Supervisor to supervise the project, and written approval from their Head of School or Head of Division, and

(f) if (d) and (e) are the same person, written agreement by a suitable academic on the UWA Register of Supervisors to co-supervise the project, and written agreement by their Head of School, Head of Division.

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. Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they fail a core unit twice.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

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. Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a 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 which is calculated based on—

(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
Time limit

13. The time limit is five years from the date of first enrolment in the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Thesis submission and examination

14.(1) 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.

(2) Following classification the Medical School Learning and Teaching Committee will assign a percentage mark for the thesis, based on the classification.

Substitution

15. In exceptional circumstances, and on the recommendation of the Head of the Medical School and the Head of the School of Population and Global Health, the Faculty may permit a student to substitute another relevant unit of equivalent points value from an approved course of study at this or another recognised institution, for an optional coursework unit in the sequence.

Supervision

16.(1) Students must have at least two suitable academic supervisors who provide at least 10% of the supervision each, are UWA staff, listed on the UWA Register of Supervisors, and approved by the relevant Head/s of School/s or Heads of Division.

(a) Principal Supervisor who must have at least adjunct status, provides primary academic leadership in the supervision of the research project; and

(b)Coordinating Supervisor who is primarily responsible for the academic management of the student's program of candidature and ensuring that all administrative and reporting requirements of the supervision are met,

and if (a) and (b) are the same person - Principal and Coordinating Supervisor —

(c) Co-supervisor who is a member of UWA staff and is neither the Principal nor the Coordinating Supervisor.

(2) In addition to (1), one or more external supervisors who will add specific expertise to the project, and who does not meet the criteria of a Co-supervisor, may be appointed.