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Field of Study


Master of Science

Statistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data.

Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments, collection, processing, and analysis of data and interpretation of the results.

Gain the theory and practical experience in the use of popular statistical and data analysis packages, as well as applied and theoretical statistics and probability theory. You will develop advanced skills in modern statistics so you can graduate ready to embark on a career as a professional statistician.


1 in Queensland for statistics and operational research

QS World University Rankings 2022

Career possibilities

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

  • Scientific researcher
  • Quality controller
  • Financial product developer
  • Risk assessor
  • Market risk manager
  • Finance analyst

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Project or Thesis
  • Advanced Topics in Operations Research
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Statistical Analysis of Genetic Data
  • Advanced Probability & Stochastic Processes
  • Data Management & Statistical Computing
  • Design of Randomised Controlled Trials

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