Course overview


This course enables students to appropriately investigate current issues regarding Aboriginal health and health care with due consideration to Aboriginal knowledge, western biomedical knowledge, ethics, and a range of research methodologies.

Course title
Master of Aboriginal Health (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Master's degree by thesis and coursework
Current / 2024
Administered by
Medical School

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
Full- or part-time
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Available to international students
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab {00053841} ~ Dr Kate Smith {00058235}
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2AHEA5801Aboriginal Health Research and EthicsNonelectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in
or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
S1, S2PUBH4403Epidemiology INonelectures: 60-70 minutes recorded lectures per week; online tutorial worksheets: ~ 2-3 hours per week

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAHEA5755Aboriginal HealthNoneoffered intensively
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in HealthNoneseminar: 3 hours per week

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

Group B
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2AHEA5880Aboriginal Health Thesis (Research) (full-time) (72 points)
enrolment in
the Master of Aboriginal Health
AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics (formerly AHEA8801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics)
S1, S2AHEA5881Aboriginal Health Thesis (Research) (part-time) (72 points)
enrolment in
the Master of Aboriginal Health course
AHEA5801 Aboriginal Health Research and Ethics

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 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 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.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;


(b) a level of prior professional health-related experience which, in the opinion of the Faculty, would enable the applicant to complete the course.

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. 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.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is 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. 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;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree 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).

Additional rules

14. Unless the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Medicine, permits otherwise, a student must enrol in units to the value of at least 24 points in any year of enrolment.


15. Credit granted for work completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised institution will not exceed 18 points.

[Approved exception to University Policy]


16. 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 with another unit or other units of equivalent value.

Thesis submission and examination

17. 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.