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    • UWA Business School
      • Master of Economics (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (42670)

        Note: This course is not available in 2022.

        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 who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

        (3) 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, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


        (b) 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.(1) This course has the following exit award:

        • 42330 Graduate Diploma in Economics (48 points)

        (2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Economics course before completing it, but completes units to the value of 48 points towards the Master of Economics, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Economics.

        Course structure

        7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations :

        • SP-ECOAD Advanced Economics
        • SP-ECOAP Applied Economics
        • SP-ECOFE Financial Economics
        • SP-ECOHE Health Economics
        • SP-ECORD Research Dissertation

        (2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

        (3) Students who have completed the relevant conversion units or equivalent, as advised by the School, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

        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 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
        Time limit

        14.(1) The time limit is five calendar years from the date of first enrolment in the course, not including periods of suspension of candidature.

        (2) The time limit for a student who has previously completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Economics, or equivalent as recognised by the University, is five years from the year in which the first unit was credited towards the master's course.

        (3) In exceptional circumstances, the University may extend the time limit by one or two semesters.

        Eligibility for dissertation specialisation

        15.(1) Students wishing to undertake the Master of Economics by coursework and dissertation must achieve a minimum WAM of 75 in their first 24 points of coursework (for students with 24 points of admission credit) or their first 48 points of coursework (for students without admission credit) to proceed with the dissertation component. Students who do not meet this minimum WAM are still eligible for the Master of Economics (coursework).