Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Biostatistics is the application of statistical techniques to scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine and public health. Biostatisticians play essential roles in designing studies, analysing data and creating methods to solve research problems. Biostatistics can 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.


The Biostatistics program is offered at three award levels – graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master’s degree. It is only available part-time and fully online.


Applicants must have a proven strong aptitude for advanced mathematics and must have already passed an introductory course in statistics. You should upload a completed Student Contact, Choice of Units of Study & Credits/Waivers form with your application.


Why study Biostatistics with us?

  • Study in areas including epidemiology, design of randomised controlled trials, generalised linear models, longitudinal and correlated data analysis and survival analysis.

  • Learn a more sophisticated knowledge of statistics in health-related fields.

  • Learn a more thorough understanding of statistical applications in health and medicine.

  • Tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle with advanced online learning and part time study.


Completion of this Graduate Certificate program can be used as credit towards a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree. If you would prefer to study biostatistics at a less theoretical and mathematical level, and instead learn at a more applied level of data analysis, you may wish to consider a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology.

Course outline

Biostatistics - Sydney Medical School Handbook

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics consists of 24 credit points, including either PUBH5010 (semester 1) or BSTA5011 (semester 2) and three other units of study, taking into account pre- and co-requisites. The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is a one-year part-time course. The course is delivered predominantly via distance learning (electronically and by mail) and is taught by a group of senior academic biostatisticians based in universities around Australia.

Biostatistics - Unit of study page

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is suitable for those wanting a good understanding of the principles of epidemiology and some aspects of biostatistics. If you are already working as a biostatistician, then study at postgraduate level will enhance your career development opportunities.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics will:
(a) 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
(b) have a proven aptitude for advanced mathematical work - indicated, for example, by a high level of achievement in high school or undergraduate mathematics; and
(c) 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 (i.e. t-tests and chi-squared tests for 2x2 tables). Note that this course must be separately and formally assessed, and that the amount and level of statistics covered in the usual medical degree is not sufficient to meet this criterion.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without this qualification who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

*As part of your application you will be required to submit a completed ‘Student Contact, Choice of Units of Study & Credits/Waivers’ form for the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Please click on the blue APPLY NOW button on your right to commence your application.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply directly to the University.

*As part of your application you will be required to submit a completed ‘Student Contact, Choice of Units of Study & Credits/Waivers’ form for the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

Please click on the blue APPLY NOW button on your right to commence your application.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.