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Master of Biostatistics

Overview

The Master of Biostatistics will teach you the specialised application of statistics to the field of health that will enable you to make important contributions to research and evidence-based practice.

Biostatistics uses data to measure, understand and solve medical problems. This exciting and versatile discipline contributes to all fields of medical research and evidence-based healthcare. In this program, you'll develop critical analysis expertise, interpretation skills and the ability to apply relevant research findings.

This program is ideal if you're interested in advancing knowledge in biomedicine, public health, or the life sciences. You'll learn how to develop and apply statistical methods to different sets of health data, to make important contributions to research and evidence-based practice.

The 24-unit three year part-time program 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.

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.

The program is enriched by the School of Public Health’s strong links with leading international agencies including Australian Aid, the World Bank and the World Health Organization. 

Location
External
Duration
3 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5500
AQF
Level 9
Location
External
Fees
A$40640 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5500
CRICOS Code
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study a program developed by Australia’s foremost biostatisticians at one of the leading schools of public health in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Benefit from a program enriched by the School of Public Health’s strong links with leading international agencies.
  • Graduate with in-demand skills applicable to all fields of medical research and healthcare.

1 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

37 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Mathematical Background for Biostatistics
  • Health Indicators & Health Surveys
  • Data Management & Statistical Computing

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Data technician

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved degree, and have completed at least one introductory tertiary level statistics course (or equivalent); or

A Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics from this university (or equivalent).

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

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Science
  • Applied Science
  • Medical Science
  • Behavioural Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Speech Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Arts.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Prerequisites

An approved degree, and have completed at least one introductory tertiary level statistics course (or equivalent); or

A Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics from this university (or equivalent).

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

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Science
  • Applied Science
  • Medical Science
  • Behavioural Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Speech Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Arts.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English language requirements

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia, you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $40,640

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Biostatistics for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Biostatistics pay tuition fees.

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

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $26,800

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Biostatistics at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Master of Biostatistics is 5500

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

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Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit