Higher Degree by Research Preliminary (Engineering, Computing and Mathematics)

In accordance with University policy, the Faculty may require a student to complete an approved preliminary course of study tailored to the student's requirements to ensure adequate research preparation to satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Master of Philosophy (research) or PhD. The course extends between one and two semesters of supervised research preparation and/or examination as prescribed by the Faculty on the recommendation of the relevant head of school.

Course overview

Course title
Higher Degree by Research Preliminary (Engineering, Computing and Mathematics)
Award abbreviation
HDR Prelim
Course code
Course type
higher degree preliminary
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-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
1 year
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Anas Ghadouani, Dr Shazzad Hossain and Associate Professor Ali Karrech (Civil, Environmental and Mining); Dr Du Huynh (Computer Science and Software); Professor Victor Sreeram (Electrical, Electronic and Computer); Dr Thomas Stemler (Mathematics and Statistics) and Professor Adrian Keating (Mechanical and Chemical)
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Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
ECM Student Office
6488 3061

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

The University Policy on: Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Course applies to the Higher Degree by Research Preliminary course in the Faculty.

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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—a) successfully completed a tertiary qualification with a WAM of at least 65 per cent;

b) may receive admission credit of up to 24 credit points for prior study in a relevant discipline.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Course structure

6.(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.

Satisfactory progress

7.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) For the dissertation component of the higher degree by research preliminary course the relevant board determines whether satisfactory progress has been made having regard to the report of the student's supervisor.

8. 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 7.

9.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress 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 under Rule 7(1) or (2) is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded'.

10. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 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 7.

Progression to HDR

11. For progression from a HDR Preliminary course into a HDR course administered by the Graduate Research School or a faculty, a student must have successfully produced a research output with a mark of at least —

(a) 70 per cent to undertake a research doctorate;


(b) 65 per cent to undertake a research master's