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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 program is designed for applicants who have completed an approved degree in areas such as mathematics, economics, or health.

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
1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
1.5 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5500
AQF
Level 9
Location
External
Fees
A$42576 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
1.5 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
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.

2 in Australia for public health

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

31 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

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
  • Principles of Statistical Inference
  • 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

Entry requirements

It's possible to complete this degree in 1.5 years or 1 year depending on your qualifications and experience.

You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. You may also be eligible to apply for credit or exemptions to shorten your degree further. You'll graduate with the same qualification no matter how long you take to complete the degree.

1.5-year degree (24 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years part-time (only available as part-time study)part-time (only available as part-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or
  • the Graduate Diploma of Biostatistics from this University.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

1-year degree (16 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1 year part-time (only available as part-time study)part-time (only available as part-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor honours degree in the field of statistical sciences.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include allied health, applied science, behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling), biomedical sciences, biostatistics, dentistry, development studies, education, engineering, environmental health, exercise and sport science, food science, health economics, health management, mathematics, medical sciences, medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational health and safety, oral health, pharmacy, psychology, public health or health sciences, science, speech therapy, veterinary sciences, arts (depending on the major studied).

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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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

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.

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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.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $42,576

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Financial aid

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

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Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

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. 

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. 

When you apply, select your preferred duration. If you don't meet the requirements for your first preference, we'll automatically consider you for entry into a longer duration.

Contact us with any questions 

Applying online

All domestic applications should be submitted to UQ.

The program code for the Master of Biostatistics is 5500.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. You can also ask us to consider you for a longer duration if you don't meet the entry requirements for your first preference.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

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.

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