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Graduate Diploma in  Biostatistics

Program code: 5498

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2 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Are you interested in advancing knowledge in biomedicine, public health, or the life sciences? A degree in biostatistics will teach you how to develop and apply statistical methods to different sets of health data, so you can make important contributions to research and evidence-based practice.

  • The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics is a one-year program designed for applicants who have completed an approved degree and at least one tertiary-level statistics course. For more information, see the Program Details tab.
  • Complete 16 units of study. Which courses you complete depends on whether your background is in health, or in mathematics and statistics. All courses are designed to refine your understanding of biostatistical concepts and methods.
  • Benefit from a program offered in alliance with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA), a consortium of biostatistical experts from 6 major universities around Australia who have combined to offer postgraduate courses.
  • Choose to progress to the 24-unit Master of Biostatistics. Because courses in the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics are taken from the Master of Biostatistics course list, you can transfer study credits across the programs.

The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics teaches the specialised application of statistics, including data collection, analysis and interpretation, to the field of health.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    This program is taught through the School of Public Health, which is ranked number one in Asia Pacific for Public Health. UQ was also ranked 30th in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Why study

    Research leaders

    Our academics have worked on major health projects with partners including the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Harvard University, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

  • Why study

    Flexible study options

    Don't worry, we know you're busy – that's why this program is taught online. Course content is delivered through online modules and you'll learn with other students in an e-learning community, with input from experts during online tutorials.

  • Fast Facts

    Judge your maths readiness

    You'll need a sound understanding of mathematical concepts to complete this program. If you're unsure whether you are qualified, contact the program coordinator to discuss your options. They can offer a maths pre-quiz to help you judge your maths readiness.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this program have an advanced understanding of the principles, theories and techniques relevant to biostatistical methods and epidemiology, and their application to health and medical research.

The Graduate Diploma is designed to develop the level of expertise needed to work as a professional biostatistician.

Graduates also have skills in complex statistical analyses and can manage a number of different problems using relevant statistical techniques and software. Other relevant outcomes are listed on the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia website.

There is an ongoing shortage of biostatisticians, both in Australia and internationally. Biostatisticians typically work in public health, medical research or the pharmaceutical sector.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they come from – or use the graduate diploma as a stepping-stone to the Master of Biostatistics program.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


An applicant must hold:

  • an approved degree, or a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from the university (or equivalent); and
  • have completed at least one introductory tertiary course in statistics.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $25,440
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics is 5498. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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