Overview

Master of Medical Statistics

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Medical Statistics will enhance your understanding of statistical theory and methods and how to apply it to problem solving in professional practice.

In partnership with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia national biostatistics training program, this postgraduate qualification offers an advanced and well regarded program providing in-depth knowledge in applying statistical methods to the analysis of health related data.

With qualified biostatistic experts in high demand, as a graduate of this program you will be qualified to pursue positions as a biostatistician in areas such as medical and epidemiological research, the pharmaceutical industry and government departments and agencies.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Medical Statistics at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Medical Statistics is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

The Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia

The BCA is a national postgraduate program run by a consortium of universities. A brief outline of how this works can be found on the BCA website. Students should also review the BCA Contact Program Outline.

Participation in the postgraduate Biostatistics programs run by this consortium requires that the partner institutions share student information. This is done to ensure that you receive all of the information and support required to help you succeed in the program.

Along with an application for admission to the program, applicants are also required to submit the following essential documents:

  • BCA Student Contact & Confidentiality Form
  • BCA Choice of Units Form
  • BCA Exemptions and Credits Form

Correctly completed must be uploaded during the online application process. Please note that applications for admission to the Medical Statistics program will not be considered without the required BCA forms.

If you would like any assistance in completing the BCA forms, please contact GradSchool at postgradsudy@newcastle.edu.au or on +612 4921 8856.

Is it for you?

Do you have a propensity towards mathematics and statistics and are seeking to apply these skills to the medical research field? Do you also have a bachelor degree in mathematics or statistics science, psychology, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, economics or health sciences?

The Master of Medical Statistics at the University of Newcastle will prepare you with the technically advanced skills and knowledge to enter a career as a biostatistician.

Depending on your background, whether it is in health sciences or more of a mathematical background, this program will enhance your understanding of health issues and the application of statistics in the field.

Providing you with in-depth knowledge in applying statistical methods to the analysis of health related data, you will be prepared to undertake high quality medical research, vital to public health.

Upon graduation you will have developed a strong capacity to work effectively as a key member of collaborative research teams investigating problems in health and medicine.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Career Pathways

With a Master of Medical Statistics from the University of Newcastle, you will have the right skills and knowledge to develop your career as a specialist in health-related research or health services.

Qualified biostatistic experts are in high demand and you will be able to pursue positions as a biostatistician in areas including medical and epidemiological research, the pharmaceutical industry or government departments and agencies.

Should you want to progress your studies further and complete a PhD or other higher degree research programs, the Master of Medical Statistics will provide you with a suitable educational grounding.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Medical Statistics, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

Specialisations

The University of Newcastle's Master of Medical Statistics offers a highly advanced theoretical and practical education effectively preparing you for a career as a qualified biostatistician.

Throughout the program you will be required to complete 12 courses. Due to the complex and advanced nature of the program, you will need to discuss your course combinations with your program convenor as there will be some combinations which are not possible.

You will be required to complete nine compulsory courses (and three electives) as part of the program. The compulsory courses include:

  • Data management and statistical computing – considering the influence of computers and the corresponding availability of data sets on the way we think about data and proceed to analyse and report on it.
  • Categorical data and generalised linear models - exploring biostatistical applications of generalised linear models with an emphasis on underlying theoretical issues; and practical interpretation of the results of these models.
  • Survival analysis - exploring biostatistical applications of survival analysis with an emphasis on underlying theoretical and computational issues, practical interpretation and communication of results.
  • Mathematical background for biostatistics – studying the necessary mathematical background to understand the key techniques in biostatistics.
  • Principles of statistical inference - introducing the core concepts of statistical inference, including estimators, confidence intervals, Type I & II errors and p-values.
  • Design of randomised controlled trials – introducing randomised comparisons as a major tool used in medical research and the basis of providing evidence for improving clinical practice.
  • Linear models – exploring biostatistical applications of linear models with an emphasis on underlying theoretical and computational issues, practical interpretation and communication of results.
  • Probability and distribution theory - studying basic probability and calculus-based methods underpinning probability distributions and parameter estimation.
  • Epidemiology: basic methods – an introduction to the basic concepts of epidemiology, studying the distribution and determinants of disease in specific populations.

The program, offered via GradSchool’s online learning platform, has been developed as part of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA) national biostatistics training program. The BCA is a consortium of biostatistical experts from around Australia with representatives from universities, government and the pharmaceutical industry who have combined to offer a program of postgraduate courses, one of which is this Master of Medical Statistics.

To find out more about where the Master of Medical Statistics can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Medical Statistics program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related field of Study (including hospital trained nurses) Three
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a non-related field of Study (including hospital trained nurses) Five
3 year Bachelor degree in a related field of study, Bachelor of Medicine/MBBS or a 3 year Bachelor degree PLUS a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in a related field of study. Zero
3 year Bachelor degree in a non-related field of study One

 

For admission to the Master of Medical Statistics, related fields of study include but are not limited to Mathematics Statistics Science Economics Medicine Pharmacy Psychology Related areas with mathematics/statistics content.

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

The Master of Medical Statistics is delivered in partnership with The Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

The BCA is a national postgraduate program run by a consortium of universities. A brief outline of how this works can be found on the BCA website. Students should also review the 2015 BCA Contact Program Outline.

Along with an application for admission to the program, applicants are also required to submit the following essential documents:

  • BCA Student Contact & Confidentiality Form
  • BCA Choice of Units Form
  • BCA Exemptions and Credits Form

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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