Master of Biostatistics

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.

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


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 3CM028
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 four-year degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM028

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $31,000

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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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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 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

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.


The most exciting thing about the Master of Biostatistics is learning specialised skills from top biostatisticians in Australia which help us advise investigators on planning medical research effectively, from the early stages to implementation.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022