This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
3 years PT
Students have a maximum of 5 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Off-campus (Alfred Hospital)
Master of Biostatistics
Award post-nominals (abbreviated award title).
Graduate Certificate of Biostatistics
Graduate Diploma of Biostatistics
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
Not available to international students.
This course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, provides a sound foundation in the theory and application of biostatistics relevant to professional practice. The degree will provide necessary skills in complex statistical analyses, the identification and implementation of appropriate statistical methodology, the communication of biostatistical results, and the understanding of biostatistical literature. The course develops the technical skills for commencement in a professional career as a biostatistician.
Units in this degree are offered in conjunction with partner universities in the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA), a consortium of leading universities in Australia established to jointly develop and deliver a distance-based program in biostatistics.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:
Students graduating with this master's degree obtain automatic accreditation status as Graduate Statistician (GStat) upon application to the Statistical Society of Australia.
The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Core Biostatistics studies and Part B. Advanced practice studies. All students complete Part A and Part B.
These studies will provide you with the core epidemiological, mathematical and statistical foundations required for biostatistical practice and study of advanced biostatistical methods. Part A units provide theoretical and practical experience in calculus, probability distributions, computing and statistical inference and are followed by applications of these principles to fundamental study areas for biostatistics such as clinical trials and regression modelling.
These studies involve two core units plus one or two elective units. The first core unit is survival analysis, which synthesises and extends the statistical and practical foundations in the Part A units. The second core and the capstone project unit extend students' knowledge and skills developed in Part A units into a specific practical research problem guided by a professional biostatistician, enabling a rich work experience opportunity. Students can choose between 6 and 12 point options for the practical project, and correspondingly choose either one or two advanced topic electives.
The course comprises 72 points structured into two parts: Part A. Core biostatistics studies (48 points) and Part B. Advanced practice studies (24 points).
Note: Students eligible for credit for a core unit from prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete an alternative elective unit in its place. This practice is encouraged to enable a broader learning experience for such students.
The course progression macourse progression ma (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-m6025.pdf)p will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
and one of the following two options:
Students completing this course may qualify for admission into a higher degree by research program.
Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in this master's course: