Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics

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 Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics is offered in conjunction with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) and delivered entirely online. It is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia. You will:

  • learn from leading teachers and biostatisticians Australia-wide
  • study statistical theory and methods in depth
  • apply your learning to problems in professional practice.

Where could it take you?

You’ll be prepared for employment in medical and epidemiological research, and government departments and agencies. You could work for a pharmaceutical or biotech company. Perhaps you’ll go on to a Master of Biostatistics and help design and execute world-changing clinical trials.

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


  • Top 25 emerging occupations in 2021^
  • Accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia
  • Flexible study options

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Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD016
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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 School of Public Health on 8313 4619 to arrange an appointment with the program co-ordinator.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD016

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $29,500

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Scholarships

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 Graduate Diploma 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 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

Students complete 8 core courses in Biostatistics.

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Core Courses - 8 courses



Assessment

Project work, written assignments and practical work.

Testimonial

I was continually inspired by the passion of my supervisory panel and their commitment to improving the lives of young people.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2022