18 months
52500 AUD/year
30000 AUD/year
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The Biostatistics program at the University of Sydney is the application of statistical techniques to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine and public health. Biostatisticians play an essential role in designing research studies, managing and analysing data, interpreting the results, as well as developing new approaches and methods to analysing data. 


The Biostatistics program at the University of Sydney can, for example, be used to show the most effective treatment, discover or isolate factors in the spread of diseases, or determine risk factors in genetic inheritance and mutation.

Why study biostatistics with us? 

  • First class teaching - Our biostatistics programs are offered in alliance with the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia, a consortium of biostatistical experts from around Australia, with representatives from universities, government and the health industry. Our units of study are taught by experienced academic biostatisticians based in universities around Australia. The Collaboration has recently received the President's Award for Leadership in Statistics from the Statistical Society of Australia. 
  • Flexible study - You can tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle with online learning and part-time study.
  • In-depth knowledge and advanced methods - Learn how to design research studies in health and medicine, such as randomised controlled trials. Learn the theory of, as well as how to apply, standard and advanced state-of-art statistical methods used in biostatistics. Topics include data management, statistical computing, methods for analysing different types of data, including, continuous data, categorical data, survival or time-to-event data, longitudinal or correlated data, bioinformatics and genomics.
  • Accreditation - Our biostatistics programs are accredited with the Statistical Society of Australia.
  • Unique electives - We offers unique electives compared to other universities, such as how to analyse linked data and health economics.
  • Scholarships - We offer scholarship prizes, such as the Judy Simpson Biostatistics Scholarship.

Career Pathways

The Master of Biostatistics will provide you with advanced biostatistical training ensuring that you are well placed to obtain employment in a wide range of health, pharmaceutical, university, government and non-government organisations. If you are already working as a biostatistician, then study at postgraduate level will enhance your career development opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioinformatics 
  • Biostatistics Research Project 
  • Categorical Data and Generalised Linear Model
  • Clinical Biostatistics 
  • Data Management and Statistical Computing 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS Number: 00026A 
  • A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Biostatistics will:
  •  hold a bachelor's degree in statistics, mathematics, science, psychology, medicine, pharmacy, economics, health sciences or other appropriate discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
  • have a proven aptitude for advanced mathematical work - indicated, for example, by a high level of achievement in high school or undergraduate mathematics; and
  • have already passed an introductory course in statistics covering, at least, the estimation of means and proportions with confidence intervals, and the comparison of means and proportions between two groups using hypothesis tests
  • English language results
  • Academic transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52500 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 52500 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    30000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30000 AUD per year during 18 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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