Master of Biostatistics

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 1.5 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM028

Apply your expertise in health

Have a knack for numbers? Interested in statistics and health science?

Biostatisticians collect, interrogate, interpret and communicate data. They provide the specialised skills needed to draw useful conclusions from health-related research.

What will you do?

Our Master of Biostatistics is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) and delivered mostly online. You will:

  • learn from leading teachers and biostatisticians Australia-wide
  • study statistical theory and methods
  • apply your learning to problems in professional practice
  • build career skills through workplace research placements.

Where could it take you?

You’ll emerge fully qualified for registration. You could work for a pharmaceutical or biotech company. You’ll be in high demand in medical and epidemiological research, and government departments and agencies. Perhaps you’ll help design and execute world-changing clinical trials while sharing your knowledge as a university teacher.

 To find out more about the BCA program, visit the BCA website.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM028
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    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 8313 4619 to arrange an appointment with the program co-ordinator.

    Higher Education Study A completed four-year degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM028

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS Available to non-student visa holder ONLY.
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications A Bachelor degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Science, Psychology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Economics, Health Sciences or other appropriate discipline from an approved university (or equivalent qualification such as the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics.
    International Qualifications Applicants must;
    • display a proven aptitude for advanced mathematical work, indicated for example by a high level of achievement in high school or undergraduate mathematics, or by means of an administrated mathematics exam;
    • have successfully completed introductory course in statistics for which they were formally enrolled and assessed, covering at least the estimation of means and proportions with confidence intervals, and the comparison of means and proportions between two groups using hypothesis tests (i.e. t-tests and chi-squared tests for 2x2 tables).
    Assumed Knowledge Sound mathematical qualifications equivalent to the core units of the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must attend an interview

    How to Apply
    For application information please contact
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $26,500

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Statistician, Biostatistician

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete 11 core courses in Biostatistics and 1 elective course in thematic areas in Biostatistics.

    Please note:

    More than one elective 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

    Indicative study plan
    Year level 1
    Core Courses BIOSTATS 6000 Epidemiology
    BIOSTATS 6001 Mathematical Background for Biostatistics
    BIOSTATS 6002 Data Management & Statistical Computing
    BIOSTATS 6003 Probability and Distribution Theory
    BIOSTATS 6005 Principles of Statistical Inference
    Year level 2
    Core Courses BIOSTATS 6004 Design of Randomised Controlled Trials
    BIOSTATS 6006 Linear Models
    BIOSTATS 6007 Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Models
    BIOSTATS 6008 Survival Analysis
    BIOSTATS 6009 Biostatistics Research Project A
    BIOSTATS 6010 Biostatistics Research Project B
    Electives 1 elective chosen from the following:
    BIOSTATS 6011 Bioinformatics
    BIOSTATS 6014 Bayesian Statistical Methods
    BIOSTATS 6016 Clinical Biostatistics
    BIOSTATS 6012 Longitudinal & Correlated Data
    BIOSTATS 6015 Health Indicators and Health Surveys


    Project work, written assignments and practical work.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020