Our Program of Courses in Biostatistics

Mathematical Foundations

A fundamental principle underlying the BCA program is that a thorough knowledge of biostatistical concepts and methods requires a sound mathematical understanding. To practise effectively as a biostatistician you must be able to read, interpret, evaluate and potentially implement published papers that propose new methods and software for statistical design and analysis.  The language of these methods is mathematics.

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Career Outcomes

The Master of Biostatistics course will allow you to develop a specialist career role in health-related research or health services. Biostatistical expertise is in very high demand in many areas. Possible job settings include:

  • Medical and epidemiological research
  • Commercial industries, i.e. pharmeceutical
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Academia and teaching

The Masters degree also provides a great grounding for PhD and other higher degree research programs.

Study Planning

The BCA Program Outline (2023), showing required units for each course, co/prerequisites, semester availability, and how to apply for exemptions and/or credits is a useful tool in planning your study.

Please note that BCA courses are designed to be studied part-time. In order to plan your study, it is important to consult the Curriculum Table and Study Schedules information.

Upon Graduation

Graduates receive official acknowledgement of their academic award from their home University. In addition, the BCA acknowledges the work of Graduate Diploma and Masters students (and Star Graduates) in a separate Certificate and Letter.

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning is a popular option for further education as it allows students to fit study in with existing work/life committments or a chosen lifestyle.

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Software Requirements

There are two software packages used in the BCA program – Stata and R.

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The BCA acknowledges we live and work on the ancestral lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have for thousands of generations exchanged knowledge for the benefit of all. We pay our respects to those who have cared and continue to care for Country.