Master of Medical Statistics

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Overview

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 [email protected] or on +612 4921 8856.

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10135

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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.

What Will You Study

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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 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.

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 2016 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

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Medical Statistics? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics. The Graduate Diploma is 8 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Diploma you can apply for the Master of Medical Statistics and seek credit for the 8 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics, please visit the program page.

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 10135
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans
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.

Description

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: http://www.bca.edu.au

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Requirements and Structure

The program is part of the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (http://www.bca.edu.au) and requires the completion of 120 units of coursework (which can include 80 units undertaken as part of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics).

The program requires completion of 120 units of coursework, consisting of 90 units of Core Courses and 30 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 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6020 Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Models Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6030 Survival Analysis Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6050 Principles of Statistical Inference Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6061 Design of Randomised Controlled Trials Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6070 Linear Models Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6170 Probability and Distribution Theory Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6150 Work Placement Project A Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6160 Work Placement Project B Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units

M Medical Statistics EXEMPTION/NO EXEMPTION

M Medical Statistics NO EXEMPTION

M Medical Statistics NO EXEMPTION: Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6040 Mathematical Background for Statistics Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units

M Medical Statistics DIRECTED COURSES A: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6080 Health Indicators and Health Surveys Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6090 Longitudinal and Correlated Data Analysis Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6100 Clinical Biostatistics Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6111 Bioinformatics Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6130 Bayesian Statistical Methods Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6141 Advanced Clinical Trials Not currently offered 10 units
M Medical Statistics EXEMPTION

M Medical Statistics DIRECTED COURSES A: Choose 30 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6080 Health Indicators and Health Surveys Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6090 Longitudinal and Correlated Data Analysis Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6100 Clinical Biostatistics Semester 1 - 2017 (DIST_CAL)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
BIOS6111 Bioinformatics Semester 2 - 2017 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6130 Bayesian Statistical Methods Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
BIOS6141 Advanced Clinical Trials Not currently offered 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Students articulating from the Graduate Diploma to the Masters may be awarded 80 units of internal 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ 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.

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 ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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