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Master of Biostatistics

Delivery location

External

Duration

1.5 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)

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 24-unit Master of Biostatistics is designed for applicants who have completed an approved degree (e.g. in mathematics, economics, or health) and at least one tertiary-level statistics course. See 'Program Details' for more information.
  • Complete 24 units of study. Courses are designed to build and extend your knowledge of the theory and application of biostatistics. You'll learn how to undertake complex statistical analyses and have the option of undertaking a research project.
  • Make the most of a program that takes your previous studies into consideration. Which courses you complete depends on whether your background is in health, or in mathematics and statistics. The program is tailored to suit your existing expertise.
  • 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.

Summary

  • Program code
    5500
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    24
  • Delivery location
    External
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

To enrol in this 24-unit Masters program, a person must

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

Applicants who have completed a four year (i.e. Honours) degree with a major in statistics may be eligible for the #16 unit program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

Due to the delivery mode or duration of this program, international students who want to study the Master of Biostatistics will not be eligible for a Student visa (subclass 500).

In order to study this program in Australia, you must have a temporary Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement.

Alternately, some programs can be studied from outside Australia.

For other visa options, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or contact UQ International for more information.

Program structure

Courses

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:

Programs and Courses

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $36,688
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Biostatistics for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

Apply now

Applications for the Master of Biostatistics can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Biostatistics is 5500. You'll need this when applying.

Due to the delivery mode or duration of this program, international students who want to study the Master of Biostatistics will not be eligible for a Student visa (subclass 500).

In order to study this program in Australia, you must have a temporary Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement.

Alternately, some programs can be studied from outside Australia.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact UQ International.

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Additional application information

This program is only offered in web-based mode. International students must study from their home country and will not be eligible for an Australian student visa.

Important dates

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

The closing date for the Master of Biostatistics is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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