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Program Code 10300
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
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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

Minimum of a three year undergraduate degree in the field of mathematics, statistics, science, economics, medicine, pharmacy, psychology or other areas with strong mathematics/statistics content.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

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 the new program, go to¬† and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

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.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

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

The program requires completion of 80 units of coursework, consisting of 70 units of Core Courses and 10 units of Directed Courses (including either BIOS6150 or BIOS6160).

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 combinations of courses which are not permitted, and will need to complete the BCA Nomination Form and the BCA Student Contact Information Form.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6010 Data Management and Statistical Computing Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6020 Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Models Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6050 Principles of Statistical Inference Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6061 Design of Randomised Controlled Trials Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6070 Linear Models Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6170 Probability and Distribution Theory Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
BIOS6040 Mathematical Background for Statistics Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the following directed courses if you have an exemption for BIOS6040.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6080 Health Indicators and Health Surveys Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6090 Longitudinal and Correlated Data Analysis Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6100 Clinical Biostatistics Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6111 Bioinformatics Not currently offered 10 units
BIOS6130 Bayesian Statistical Methods Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6141 Advanced Clinical Trials Not currently offered 10 units
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