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Overview

The Master of Medical Statistics is designed to enhance your understanding of statistical methods and teach you how to apply them to problems in both research and professional practice.

Qualified statisticians remain in high demand throughout the world. Graduates of this program have excelled in a variety of academic, government and private sector positions. Our online learning system provides students the flexibility and support to study anytime and anywhere, to balance work, life and study. All courses are taught by an outstanding faculty renowned for superb teaching, cutting-edge research, and years of hands-on experience in the field. Graduates may also have the opportunity to apply to undertake a Ph.D. candidature in “Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Statistics” at The University of Newcastle.

This postgraduate qualification is offered fully online both domestically and internationally, and will provide you with in-depth knowledge of a variety of statistical methods for analysing medical data. The skills you will learn will also be transferrable to other fields such as business, finance and engineering.

Explore this page to discover why the Master of Medical Statistics is the perfect match for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can open up for you.

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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

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Number of Courses
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8

Program Code

40157

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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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40157

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Is It For You?

The Master of Medical Statistics program is ideal for students with training in various scientific and clinical fields including;

  • bioinformatics
  • biology
  • economics
  • engineering
  • epidemiology
  • genetics
  • health sciences
  • mathematics
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • pharmacology
  • physics
  • psychology
  • public health
  • statistics

Graduates will have the applied skills and knowledge to follow careers with employers including academic medical institutions, clinical research organisations, government and the pharmaceutical industry.

You will have also the flexibility to tailor your postgraduate degree to your career schedule and other individual needs so that you can obtain your degree in the fastest time possible.

What You Will Study

The Master of Medical Statistics offers a practical and rigorous education preparing you for a career as an applied health researcher or qualified medical statistician. We offer two specialisations:

- Clinical Specialisation
- Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation

The Clinical Specialisation is focused on applied practice of statistical analysis methods and is oriented towards health professionals and others wishing to undertake applied research. The Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation focuses on the mathematical theory of biostatistics that is of particular interest to students already possessing a quantitative degree or appropriate mathematical training and seeking to start a career as a medical statistician.

The program is 8 courses (80 units), comprised of 4 Core courses (40 units), 3 Compulsory courses (30 units) for each specialisation and 1 course (10 units) to be chosen from a Directed course list.

The Core courses are:

  • Foundations of Probability Theory – covers the basics of probability theory and calculus-based methods used in medical statistics.
  • Clinical Trial Design – practical hands on presentation of statistical methods in the design and analysis of clinical trials.
  • Statistical Inference – introduction to basic statistical principles such as variance, estimation, confidence intervals, Type I & II errors and p-values.
  • Linear Regression Modelling – study of linear modelling and its applications to medicine with emphasis on correct implementation, interpretation and scrutiny of results.

Clinical Specialisation Compulsory courses:

  • Computational Statistics/Database Management using SAS Software – state of the art overview of methods for managing and analysing research datasets.
  • Mathematics of Applied Statistics – review of important mathematical concepts and techniques that underlie statistical methods.
  • Categorical Data Analysis and Generalised Linear Models – study of contingency tables and a range of generalised linear models appropriate to count, nominal and ordinal response variables.

Clinical Specialisation Directed courses:

  • Applied Longitudinal Analysis – provides students with the understanding and skills to undertake statistical analysis of longitudinal or correlated data.
  • Applied Survival and Lifetime Data Analysis – presents the fundamental concepts of time-to-event data analysis such as censoring, truncation, survival distributions, hazard functions and partial likelihood estimation techniques.

Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation Compulsory courses:

  • Categorical Data Analysis and Generalised Linear Models – study of contingency tables and a range of generalised linear models appropriate to count, nominal and ordinal response variables.
  • Applied Longitudinal Analysis – provides students with the understanding and skills to undertake statistical analysis of longitudinal or correlated data.
  • Applied Survival and Lifetime Data Analysis – presents the fundamental concepts of time-to-event data analysis such as censoring, truncation, survival distributions, hazard functions and partial likelihood estimation techniques.

Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation Directed courses:

  • Genetic Statistics and Bioinformatics – provides an understanding of the biological and molecular theory relevant to understanding DNA variation, its inheritance, and relation with measurable traits in humans. A major emphasis is on manipulating and analysing genetic data and correctly interpreting results.
  • Bayesian Methods for Medical Statistics – covers the principles of prior and posterior distributions, Bayes' rule for statistical inference, conjugate and non-conjugate priors, the Gibbs sampler and hierarchical linear models from a Bayesian perspective.

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Career Opportunities

The Master of Medical Statistics trains you to think logically and to approach problems both analytically and creatively. Coupled with the computing and communication skills that you will gain from the program, you will cultivate qualities sought by a range of employers.

There are a growing number of applications for statistics in health and medicine. This was highlighted by a recent study from the McKinsey Global Institute, indicating a significant shortage of people with the statistical and analytical skills necessary to handle the expanding needs of the healthcare and medical fields. These same skills are also in growing demand from more diverse sectors such as finance, insurance, environmental modelling, meteorology, government and education to name a few. For examples of jobs on offer in Australia, check out the Statistical Society of Australia’s recent jobs.

Overseas employers are also interested in the same skills you will gain from the Master of Medical Statistics. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected in 2016 that statistics was one of the fastest-growing employment areas in the United States, partly driven by the evolution in computing. Careercast.com rated Statistician at Number 1 Best Job of 2017, based on great income potential, working conditions and future outlook.

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 any one of the following:

Clinical Specialisation

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Bachelors degree* One
4 Year Bachelors degree* Zero
Relevant postgraduate qualifications Zero

Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Bachelors in a field with strong mathematics/computing content One
4 Year Bachelors in the above fields Zero
Relevant postgraduate qualifications Zero

* Bachelors degree in a health related field such as medicine, allied health, biomedical science and pharmacy, or a non-health field such as economics, science, mathematics and engineering.

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Medical Statistics? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master of Medical Statistics. 

Please visit the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology program page for more information.

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 40157
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
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Description

The Master of Medical Statistics is an 80-unit coursework program comprising of 40 units of core courses and 40 units from one of two specialisations:

  • Clinical; and
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis.

The Clinical specialisation is orientated toward applied practice versus mathematical theory, geared to health professionals and others wishing to undertake applied research but not necessarily practice as a medical statistician. The Longitudinal Data Analysis specialisation will focus on the theoretical underpinnings of Medical Statistics that are of particular interest to students already possessing a quantitative degree or appropriate mathematical training.

Admission Requirements

Clinical Specialisation

  • A three year undergraduate degree in a health related field such as medicine, allied health, biomedical science and pharmacy, or a non-health field such as economics, science, mathematics and engineering, plus a minimum of one year relevant work experience; or
  • A four year undergraduate degree in the above fields; or
  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications.

Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation

  • A three year undergraduate degree in a field with strong mathematics/computing content, plus a minimum of one year relevant work experience; or
  • A four year undergraduate degree in the above field; or
  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants 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 here.

Transition Arrangements

Students enrolled in the 120-unit Master of Medical Statistics (10135) program and who have completed the requirements for the 80-unit Master of Medical Statistics (40157) program will be offered the opportunity to graduate with a Master degree.

Students currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Medical Statistics (10300) and the 120-unit Master of Medical Statistics (10135) programs who do not graduate in 2017, will be invited to transfer to the 80-unit Master of Medical Statistics (40157) program. For students who do not wish to transfer, all core and directed courses in the Graduate Diploma of Medical Statistics (10300) and the 120-unit Master of Medical Statistics (10135) programs will continue to be offered until students have completed their programs.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Medical Statistics is an 80 unit program with two specialisations, comprised of 40 units of core courses, 30 units of compulsory courses for each specialisation and 10 units to be chosen from the specialisation’s directed course list. Students must choose and complete one specialisation only.

Course Information

Core Courses

All students must complete the following 40 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6050 Statistical Inference Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
BIOS6061 Clinical Trial Design Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
BIOS6070 Linear Regression Modelling Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
BIOS6170 Foundations of Probability Theory Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units

Clinical Specialisation

Compulsory Courses: Students must complete 30 units of the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of the Clinical Specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6010 Computational Statistics/Database Management using SAS Software Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
BIOS6040 Mathematics of Applied Statistics Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
10 units
BIOS6940 Categorical Data Analysis and Generalised Linear Models Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Directed Courses: Students must complete 10 units of directed courses to fulfil the requirements of the Clinical Specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6030 Applied Survival Analysis and Lifetime Data Analysis Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
BIOS6990 Applied Longitudinal Analysis Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation

Compulsory Courses: Students must complete 30 units of the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of the Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6030 Applied Survival Analysis and Lifetime Data Analysis Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
BIOS6940 Categorical Data Analysis and Generalised Linear Models Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
BIOS6990 Applied Longitudinal Analysis Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Directed Courses: Students must complete 10 units of directed courses to fulfil the requirements of the Longitudinal Data Analysis Specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6111 Genetic Statistics Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
BIOS6130 Bayesian Methods for Medical Statistics Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Additional Information

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

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a sound understanding of epidemiological study design and the theory and application of the major areas of bio-statistics relevant to professional practice.
  • Acquire skills in complex statistical analysis to handle a variety of practical problems using modern statistical techniques and software.
  • Acquire skills in data collection and data management, including quality control procedures and the ethical handling of data.
  • Develop skills to identify the relevant statistical issues in practical problems in medical health/settings and to propose and implement an appropriate statistical design and/or analysis methodology.
  • Develop skills and have experience in communication of bio-statistical issues with clinical/health personnel and the presentation of statistical results in a format suitable for publication in health-related journals or professional reports.
  • Acquire the technical skills to be able to read methodological papers in the bio-statistical literature and apply the methods described therein to practical problems.
  • Develop the practical and technical skills to commence professional careers as independent bio-statisticians and/or to progress to further postgraduate studies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards such as those of the Statistical Society of Australia.
  • Develop problem solving abilities in bio-statistics, characterised by flexibility of approach.

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, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online

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 unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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