Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics

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Program Code 10300
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
UAC Code UAC Website
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Further Information

BCA Contact and Unit Nomination Form: Please read and complete as instructed on form.

The links provided under "Further Information" are to be read in addition to the approved program documentation, detailed below.


Statistics is one of the essential requirements for high quality medical research, and is vital to public health research. This program is designed to provide in depth knowledge in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of health related data. Graduates will develop a strong capacity to work effectively as integral members of a collaborative team to investigate problems in health and medicine.

The Graduate Diploma and Master of Medical Statistics are part of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA), a national training program in biostatistics. This is a program in biostatistics delivered by a consortium of universities around Australia. The BCA website is:

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Completion of a Bachelors degree in Mathematics or Statistics Science, Psychology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Economics, Health Sciences or other appropriate discipline from an approved university (or equivalent qualification); a proven aptitude for advanced mathematical work, indicated for example by a high level of achievement in high school or undergraduate mathematics; already passed an introductory course in statistics, covering at least the estimation of means and proportions with confidence intervals, and the comparison of means and proportions between two groups using hypothesis tests (i.e. t-tests and chi-squared tests for 2x2 tables.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to and click on How to apply for credit.

International Students

This program is available to offshore International students only.

Special Needs

The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes “reasonable accommodations” under Anti-Discrimination legislation.

Requirements and Structure

The program is part of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia ( and requires the completion of 80 units of coursework.

Students with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics or Statistics may be granted an exemption from BIOS6040 Mathematical Background in Biostatistics. If this exemption is granted then students will be required to take 10 units from the following list of courses:

* BIOS6080 Health Indicators and Health Surveys
* BIOS6090 Longitudinal and Correlated Data
* BIOS6100 Clinical Biostatistics
* BIOS6111 Bioinformatics
* BIOS6130 Bayesian Statistical Methods
* BIOS6141 Advanced Clinical Trials

Students considering undertaking the Medical Statistics programs must discuss course options with the Program Convenor as there are some combination of courses which are not permitted, and will need to complete the BCA Nomination Form and the BCA Student Contact Information Form.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
BIOS6010 Data Management and Statistical Computing Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6020 Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Models Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6040 Mathematical Background for Biostatistics Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6050 Principles of Statistical Inference Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6061 Design of Randomised Controlled Trials Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6070 Linear Models Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6170 Probability and Distribution Theory Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units