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
Course code
Course type
master's degree by thesis and coursework
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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
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
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Damon Bell
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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.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2019; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2020 or 2021.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2MEDC5801Development and Communication of Research
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2MEDC5901Thesis Research (full-time) (72 points)
S1, S2MEDC5902Thesis Research (part-time) (72 points)

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

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/AMEDC5802Systematic Reviews
a recognised bachelor's degree in the area of Medicine and Surgery or Dentistry; PUBH8753 Biostatistics I; PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology; and MEDC5801 Development and Communication of Research
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
N/APUBH5742Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
S1SCOM4402Science Communication Literature Review
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)
N/ASCOM4403Science Presentations

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


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The'>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—

(a) a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or Doctor of Medicine, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


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


(c) (i) a 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.

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;


(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. 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.


15. In exceptional circumstances, and on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Medicine and Pharmacology and the Head of the School of Population Health, the Faculty may permit a student to substitute for a unit from Group B another relevant unit of equivalent points value from an approved course of study at this or another recognised institution.