UWA's admission requirements for some postgraduate courses have changed for Semester 2, 2020 to facilitate student access to study during the COVID-19 situation. In many cases, these changes may not be extended beyond 2020. Contact Future Students for more information.

This Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Preliminary is a qualifying, non-award conversion course aimed at students who demonstrate great potential for research but do not meet eligibility criteria for direct entry into a master's or doctoral research program.

It comprises an individually prescribed and supervised* course of advanced study and/or research that, upon successful** completion provides eligibility to apply for entry into a HDR course.


* A student can only be accepted where appropriate supervision is available for the HDR Preliminary course and for continuation into a HDR.
** 70% or above.

This course is not for general admission but intended as preparation for a research degree.

Course overview

Course code
10470
Course type
higher degree preliminary
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

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.)
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Camilla Andersen
Fees
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.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

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

Students must take 4 core research units. Any remaining credit points comprise coursework from approved L4 or higher units to provide for developing relevant preparatory knowledge or advanced standing. If required, the coursework units may be selected from levels 1 – 3 undergraduate units or higher level units that prepare the student to undertake their research degree course”

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2MIXD5001HDR Prelim Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HDR Prelim (FABLE)
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
S1, S2MIXD5002HDR Prelim Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HDR Prelim (FABLE)
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
S1, S2MIXD5003HDR Prelim Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HDR Prelim (FABLE)
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
S1, S2MIXD5004HDR Prelim Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HDR Prelim (FABLE)
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group

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

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 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, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.Applicants must meet the English language requirements specified by the Graduate Research School. Language requirements are specific to the relevant School.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—successfully completed a tertiary qualification with a WAM of at least 70 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.

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. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

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 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'

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 70 per cent

Additional rules
Admission Credit

12. Eligible students may receive admission credit of up to 24 credit points for prior study in a relevant discipline.