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Master of Biostatistics

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM028


The Discipline of Public Health in collaboration with the Discipline of Statistics at the University of Adelaide offers high quality postgraduate coursework awards in Biostatistics through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

The BCA is a partnership of leading Australian Universities offering professional training in biostatistics through (largely) distance mode programs. These awards would suit students wishing a career in biostatistics or those wanting to extend the training they received as part of a more general Public Health award.

The organisation of the BCA program delivery is unique in the world. A student enrols for the award - Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, or Masters - at their "home" university, for example, the University of Adelaide. The BCA designates one university from within the Collaboration to deliver a particular course by distance to students around Australia, regardless of the university of enrolment. Find out how the BCA program works in a nutshell.

The University of Adelaide, for example, teaches the course "Design of Randomised Controlled Trials" by distance to all students enrolled in the program at any partner university. The BCA programs are supported by the collaborating universities, the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, state departments of health, and the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM028
    Mid-year entry? Yes
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    A completed four-year degree or equivalent.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants are required to meet an acceptable standard in Maths Proficiency. The selection process also considers qualifications/experience in a relevant field and includes an interview with the Program Coordinator. Applicants must contact the Discipline of Public Health on 8303 4637 to arrange an appointment with the program co-ordinator.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM028

    International applicants

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    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $21,000

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    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Master of Biostatistics will allow you to develop a specialist career role in health-related research or health services. Biostatistical expertise is in very high demand in many areas. Possible job settings include:

    • Medical and epidemiological research
    • The pharmaceutical industry
    • Government departments and agencies

    The Masters degree also provides a great grounding for PhD and other higher degree research programs.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Medical Research, Epidemiologist, Government Officer, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Statistician, Biostatistician

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete 10 core courses in Biostatistics and 2 elective courses in thematic areas in Biostatistics.

    Please note:

    More than two electives may be chosen only if exemption is granted for a core course. While a full time load of four courses per semester is technically possible, BCA recommends a load of two courses:

    • Four courses per semester: 1.5 years
    • Two courses per semester: 3 years

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Students must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements.
    Core Courses BIOSTATS 6000 Epidemiology
    BIOSTATS 6001 Mathematical Background for Biostatistics
    BIOSTATS 6002 Data Management & Statistical Computing
    BIOSTATS 6003 Probability and Distribution Theory
    BIOSTATS 6004EX Design of Randomised Controlled Trials
    BIOSTATS 6005 Principles of Statistical Inference
    BIOSTATS 6006 Linear Models
    BIOSTATS 6007 Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Models
    Electives Students must complete courses to the value of 3 units  from the following:
    BIOSTATS 6011 Bioinformatics
    BIOSTATS 6012 Longitudinal and Correlated Data
    BIOSTATS 6014 Bayesian Statistical Methods
    BIOSTATS 6015 Health Indicators and Health Surveys
    BIOSTATS 6016 Clinical Biostatistics
    Research Project Students must complete the following:
    BIOSTATS 6008 Survival Analysis
    BIOSTATS 6009 Biostatistics Research Project A
    BIOSTATS 6010 Biostatistics Research Project B


    Project work, written assignments, practical work and/or exams.

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Last updated: Thursday, 8 Oct 2015


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