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Overview

This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has also reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

About this course

Biostatistics is the application of statistical techniques to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine and public health.

Biostatisticians play an essential role in designing research studies, managing and analysing data, interpreting the results, as well as developing new approaches and methods to analysing data.

Biostatistics can be used to show the most effective treatment, discover or isolate factors in the spread of diseases, or determine risk factors in genetic inheritance and mutation.

Why study biostatistics with us?

  • 100% online course delivery - this course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. The program can be taken part-time or full-time. 

  • Discover a rewarding career in biostatistics - Life as a biostatistician is not just about the numbers - you will be involved in projects that are making a real difference to the health of communities. Our graduates enjoy exciting and rewarding careers in medical research, academia, government and a wide range of commercial industries.

  • Graduate with a range of career opportunities - With an ongoing shortage of highly skilled biostatisticians in Australia and internationally, biostatistics graduates from the University of Sydney are in high demand. Our biostatistics program bridges the knowledge gap between current programs in public health, epidemiology and general statistics, producing professional biostatisticians who are equipped with the skills needed to cater to the increasingly diverse and specialised needs of health and biomedical research.

  • Learn from experts in biostatistics - You’ll have access to the top biostatistical experts in Australia. Our program is part of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) which offers students the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of biostatistics across the participating universities. 
  • Become professionally accredited - The program is fully accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia. Students who graduate from the program with a master’s or graduate diploma will, on joining the Statistical Society of Australia, be eligible to apply for accreditation as a graduate statistician.

Who should study this course?

Our programs are designed to provide advanced biostatistical training for a diverse range of students. The program is suitable for someone who has:

  • has a degree from a relevant discipline (mathematics/statistics, or a qualification in medicine, allied health, health sciences, or science)
  • has an aptitude for advanced mathematics

The program includes units designed to provide the background in mathematical and statistical theory to those without a first degree in mathematics or statistics, whereas the compulsory unit in epidemiology introduces those unfamiliar with research in population health to critical appraisal of the health and medical literature.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

Scholarships

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

*As part of your application you will be required to submit a completed Student Contact, Choice of Units of Study & Credits/Waivers form for the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

International Students are able to apply for this degree, however it is not open to ESOS visa holders. The course is open to international passport holders in Australia on working visas and for offshore students.

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

*As part of your application you will be required to submit a completed Student Contact, Choice of Units of Study & Credits/Waivers form for the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Course structure

View a suggested Biostatistics course structure (pdf, 70KB).

What you'll study

The biostatistics program is offered at three award levels graduate certificategraduate diploma and master's degree.  Completion of either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma programs can be used as credit towards the Master of Biostatistics degree.

The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics consists of 48 credit points worth of study. Core units for the graduate diploma include: Epidemiology, Mathematical Foundations for Biostatistics, Data Management and Statistical Computing, Principles of Statistical Inference, Regression Modelling for Biostatistics 1, and Regression Modelling for Biostatistics 2. Some students may be eligible for waivers of foundational units if they have equivalent prior study, leaving room for additional elective units of study.

The biostatistics coursework units of study delivered as part of the BCA are fully online. Core units are offered in both semesters. Some general elective units may not be available for online study. A complete list of available units of study with their pre-requisites and co-requisites is available from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook

Units of Study

Who you'll learn from

  • Dr Erin Cvejic, Biostatistics Program Director 
  • Associate Professor Patrick Kelly
  • Dr Kylie-Ann Mallitt
  • Associate Professor Kevin McGeechan
  • Dr Tim Schlub
  • Professor Armando Teixeira-Pinto
  • Admission criteria

    A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics will:

    (a) hold a bachelor's degree in statistics, mathematics, science, psychology, medicine, pharmacy, economics, health sciences or other appropriate discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and

    (b) have an aptitude for advanced mathematical work - indicated, for example, by a high level of achievement in high school or undergraduate mathematics.

    As part of your application you will be required to submit a completed Student Contact, Choice of Units of Study & Credits/Waivers form for the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA). This is a supplementary form required in the admissions process.

    Assumed knowledge

    It is assumed that students enrolling in the biostatistics program have a sound knowledge of advanced mathematical concepts. Students should be familiar and comfortable with the topics of algebra, functions and graphs, absolute values, exponents and logarithms, sigma notation, solving inequalities and simultaneous equations, and polynomials.  It is not assumed that students have completed formal studies in the calculus techniques of differentiation and integration, matrix algebra, or probability theory, as these will be covered in the foundation unit Mathematical Foundations for Biostatistics (BSTA5100). 

    Credit for previous study

    For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

    Course options

    Completion of either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma programs can be used as credit towards the Master of Biostatistics degree.

    Professional accreditation

    The program is fully accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia. Students who graduate from the program with a master’s or graduate diploma will, on joining the Statistical Society of Australia, be eligible to apply for accreditation as a graduate statistician.

    Future study options

    Completion of this Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree.

    Career Pathways

    The Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics will provide you with advanced biostatistical training ensuring that you are well placed to obtain employment in a wide range of health, pharmaceutical, university, government and non-government organisations.

    If you are already working as a biostatistician, then study at postgraduate level will enhance your career development opportunities.

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