The Graduate Diploma consists of 8 units of study. The BCA program was designed to be done part-time.
At two units per semester, the Graduate Diploma can be completed in two years.

The Biostatistics Research/Practical Project/Thesis (WPP) is not a requirement and Survival Analysis is an elective. Some students may substitute electives for units of study such as Epidemiology, Mathematical Background for Biostatistics, Probability and Distribution Theory or Principles of Statistical Inference, if they have equivalent prior study.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma, graduates will have attained the required skills for employment as a biostatistician.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the mathematical background, theory and application of the principles of epidemiology and biostatistical methods in health and medical research
  2. Have acquired skills in complex statistical analyses to handle a variety of practical problems using modern statistical techniques and software
  3. Have acquired skills in data collection and data management, including database design, quality control procedures and the ethical handling of data
  4. Have developed 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
  5. Have developed skills and demonstrated ability to present statistical results in a format suitable for publication in health-related journals or professional reports
  6. Have acquired the technical skills to be able to read methodological papers in the biostatistical literature and apply the methods described therein to practical problems
  7. Have developed the practical and technical skills to progress to further postgraduate studies in biostatistics
  8. Be aware of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards such as those of the Statistical Society of Australia


To enrol in the BCA program, apply at one of the 5 consortium universities