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New postgraduate coursework course

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This information should be read before preparing a new proposal for introducing a new postgraduate coursework course.

The University offers its graduates and those from other institutions a diverse range of exciting opportunities for postgraduate study by coursework. Postgraduate coursework studies, which may include, but are not limited to the following, are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) requirements:

AQF Level AQF course type UWA Postgraduate Coursework course types


Graduate Certificate Graduate Certificate
Graduate Diploma Graduate Diploma


Master's (coursework) Master's degree course by coursework
Master's degree course by coursework and dissertation
Master's (Extended)   Master's degree course (Extended)

Professional Practice Master's (Extended) (such as Juris Doctor, Doctor of Medicine)

Clinincal Master's (Extended) (such as Doctor of Clinical Dentistry)

Master's (Research) Master's degree course by thesis and coursework

What do I need to do?


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The development of a new postgraduate coursework course proposal will involve two phases:

Phase 1 proposal
(business case / concept plan)

Develop Concept Plan and consult with relevant stakeholders 

Faculty approval 

Submit Concept Plan for central approval

Endorsed by Education Committee 

 Approved by Academic    Council 




Phase 2 proposal
(detailed proposal) 

  Develop proposal:

Faculty approval of Phase 2 and units

 Submit Phase 2 and units for central approval

Phase 2 and new units endorsed by Curriculum Committee

Phase 2 and new units approved by Academic Council

 New awards approved by Senate

Proposal forms are available on CAIDi. Links to relevant policy and guidance documents are included in all proposal forms. Getting started with Curriculum Management provides more information.


Note: a review of your submission will occur in accordance with the University arrangements for delegations of quality control for postgraduate coursework courses against a set of approved criteria.

When do I need to submit?

Submit your proposal as early as possible.

Benefits of early submission

Early submissions take full advantage of international and domestic marketing opportunities. For more details see critical dates for curriculum approval.

Do faculty submission dates differ from central submission dates?

Yes. When developing your proposal, consider internal faculty approval processess and timings. For more details contact your faculty office.

Is there flexibility in submitting proposals?

You are invited to submit your proposal any time, however to guarantee approval for 2019 offerings, proposals have to be received by the latest recommended date.

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