Master of Biostatistics

1.5 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 088478A

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  • Fast-track your qualification: study full-time and complete in 18 months
  • Learn from leading biostatisticians at the University of Melbourne and Australia-wide
  • Benefit from a hybrid approach to teaching: subjects offered both face-to-face and online
  • Attain skills for employment as a professional biostatistician in medical and public health research centres, universities, hospitals, government departments and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Our course is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia Inc. and is an affiliated program of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia.

Course Description

Biostatistics provides the concepts and analytic skills required to tackle today’s ever-increasing deluge of quantitative data in the health sciences, so that we can apply new understanding to the solution of real-world problems. It encompasses the design of experiments and the collection, summary and analysis of data, including, importantly, the interpretation and communication of data analysis to health professionals.


If you naturally ask ‘why?’, appreciate the value of scientific rigour and have an inclination towards grappling with data to address complex real-world problems, then this degree will equip you with the skills and insights needed for using data to improve health. Your professional background could be in health sciences or mathematics; this degree suits both, but you must have an aptitude for mathematics.

Our 18-month full-time (three-year part-time) course offers both on campus and online subjects, meaning you can benefit from interaction with local biostatistics experts and also have access to academic biostatisticians located throughout Australia via our affiliation with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia.

 Career essentials and outcomes

This degree covers all the necessary statistical theory, but the emphasis throughout is on the application and adaptation of computational analysis using real health datasets. The compulsory research project ensures that you are able to apply your skills to real-world problems. The wide-ranging elective subjects allow great flexibility in terms of biostatistics career pathways.

With a critical shortage of biostatisticians worldwide, there are ample career opportunities in a wide variety of workplaces, from medical research centres, universities and hospitals, to government departments and the pharmaceutical and medical-device manufacturing industries. This degree also provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to undertake a PhD. Our course is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia Inc. (SSAI).

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