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Duration2 years part-time up to 4 years maximum.2 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
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Program Code40157

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.
  • Eligible for credit transfer - Students from the Master of Medical Statistics or the Master of Public Health are eligible to gain 40 units of credit into the Master of Clinical Epidemiology.

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 and Statistical Inference
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Logistic Regression
  • Posion Regression
  • Survival Analysis
  • Introductory Biostatistics
  • 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.


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

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.

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

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 comprises 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master degree. For further information visit the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology program page.

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

  • A three year undergraduate degree in any field e.g., biomedical science, economics, allied health, pharmacy, science, IT, medicine, computer science, mathematics, engineering; plus a minimum of one year relevant work experience; OR
  • A four year undergraduate degree in any field; OR
  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications.

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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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