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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery



2 years part-time up to 4 years maximum.

Program code: 40157

Study Medical Statistics

The University of Newcastle's Master of Medical Statistics is the only program of its kind in Australia. It offers the fastest route to gaining a Masters qualification in Medical Statistics/Biostatistics for students who have not previously studied undergraduate mathematics and statistics. This is an 80-unit program that provides quality training by passionate academics in the use of statistical methods for analysing medical data, clinical trials, and large-scale longitudinal studies.

You will enhance your understanding of statistical methods and how to apply them to problem solve in professional practice within various scientific and clinical settings.

Why study with us?

  • Outstanding teaching quality – Our courses are taught by outstanding educators renowned for superb teaching, cutting-edge research and years of hands-on experience in the field.
  • Interactive learning environment – We use the latest technology to enhance your learning experience and outcomes. Learning materials include written material, short videos presented in a range of styles, and automated quizzes to provide immediate feedback on your understanding.
  • Learn from research leaders – Your teaching staff are also active researchers. We work with world-class researchers and will teach you the latest statistical methods using real-world research questions.
  • Flexible study options – You can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.
  • Achieve your qualification fast – Our intensive 80-unit program offers the most efficient route to gaining a Master qualification in Medical Statistics/Biostatistics in Australia.
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What you will study

You will enhance your understanding of statistical methods and how to apply them to problem solve in professional practice within various scientific and clinical settings.

Key study areas include:

  • Clinical Trial Design
  • Linear Regression Modelling
  • Foundations of Probability Theory
  • Biostatistics
  • Linear Modelling
  • Longitudinal Analysis
  • Applied Research
  • Data Wrangling and Visualisation

Entry options and duration

This program recognises prior learning. Admission is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Possible career paths may include:

  • Medical Statistician
  • Biostatistician

Employers of Medical Statisticians and Biostatisticians include:

  • Universities
  • Government Departments (eg NSW Department of Health, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)
  • Medical Research Institutes and Centres
  • Pharmaceutical Industry

Graduates may also transition into a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at the University of Newcastle, providing outstanding future career opportunities.

Professional and international recognition

Professional and international recognition

After successfully completing this program, you will have the statistical expertise to seek employment as a medical statistician/biostatistician in Australia or internationally.

Our graduates have excelled in a variety of academic, government and private sector positions. Regardless of your background, aspirations or location, this program will deepen your understanding of statistics and equip you to identify and apply suitable statistical methods to answer real-life questions in health and medicine.