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 16-unit Master of Biostatistics is designed for applicants who have completed a bachelor honours degree in statistics. If you don't have this qualification, you may be eligible for the 24-unit Master of Biostatistics.
  • Study a series of core courses, which cover topics including the principles and methods of epidemiology, and statistical methods such as data management, linear models, and the design and analysis of experiments.
  • Complete a range of advanced courses that will extend your understanding of complex statistical analyses. You'll also complete either a biostatistics research project, or, if you prefer, a larger thesis.
  • Benefit from a program developed through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA). The BCA is a group of leading experts who have developed this program to fill the gap between public health and epidemiology.

The Master of 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 one of the leading research and teaching centres in the Asia-Pacific region. UQ was also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings.

  • 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.

Career outcomes

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

They also have flexible problem-solving abilities in biostatistics and have the practical and technical skills needed to begin careers as biostatisticians.

Graduates have skills in complex statistical analyses and can manage a variety of 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.

Other graduates use the Master of Biostatistics to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


A four year (i.e. Honours) degree with a major in statistics. Applicants lacking this qualification may be eligible for the #24 unit program.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of 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 Master of 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 Master of Biostatistics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

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