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What will I learn?

The Master of Biostatistics will teach you the specialised application of statistics to the field of health that will enable you to make important contributions to research and evidence-based practice.

Biostatistics uses data to measure, understand and solve medical problems. This exciting and versatile discipline contributes to all fields of medical research and evidence-based healthcare. In this program, you'll develop critical analysis expertise, interpretation skills and the ability to apply relevant research findings.

This program is ideal if you're interested in advancing knowledge in biomedicine, public health, or the life sciences. You'll learn how to develop and apply statistical methods to different sets of health data, to make important contributions to research and evidence-based practice.

The 24-unit three year part-time program is designed for applicants who have completed an approved degree (e.g. in mathematics, economics, or health) and at least one tertiary-level statistics course.

Courses are designed to build and extend your knowledge of the theory and application of biostatistics. You'll learn how to undertake complex statistical analyses and have the option of undertaking a research project.

The program is enriched by the School of Public Health’s strong links with leading international agencies including Australian Aid, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

Data technician

Which department am I in?

Science and Mathematics

Study options

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,536.00 (22,33,118) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree in engineering (in the relevant field of study for which they wish to enrol) with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. English Language Scores: IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening; TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19; TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading; PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section; CAE/CPE: Overall Cambridge English Scale (CES) score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each skill; BE: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills.

For international students

An approved degree (or equivalent); or

A Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics from this university (or equivalent).

Applicants who have completed a four year (i.e. Honours) degree with a major in statistics may be eligible for the #16 unit program.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

Allied health
Applied Science
Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
Biomedical Sciences
Dentistry, Oral Health
Development Studies
Environmental Health
Exercise and Sport Science
Food Science
Health Economics
Health Management
Medicine, Medical Sciences
Occupational Health and Safety
Public Health or Health Sciences
Speech Therapy
Veterinary Sciences
Arts (please note that this will depend on the major studied)

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Queensland

As one of the top 50 universities in the world, UQ offers students the chance to join a leading research community and become an in-demand graduate.

  • Top 50 universities in the world (QS 2022)
  • Most ARC fellowships and awards in Australia
  • Specialist research centres and sites across Queensland
  • Varied scholarship and grant opportunities

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