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"The BCA is a comprehensive, rigorous, well-rounded Masters level program in biostats for people with some real-world experience."

How the BCA works




Postgraduate Courses in Biostatistics

The BCA is a consortium of biostatistical experts from around Australia with representatives from universities, government and the pharmaceutical industry who have combined to offer a national (and international) program of postgraduate courses via an alliance of (6) universities collectively known as the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA). Universities that award the BCA program of postgraduate courses in biostatistics areThe University of Adelaide, Macquarie University, Monash Unversity, The University of Sydney and The University of Queensland.*

*The University of Melbourne is and affiliated university. The course structure for its graduate Biostatistics courses is full-time and on-campus. One core subject and all electives are delivered through the BCA, via the BCA’s distance delivery mode.

BCA Program Outline

Addressing the Need for Highly Skilled Biostatisticians in Australia

Biostatistics is the discipline that underpins the use of statistical methods in health and medical research. Its foundation is the mathematics of variability and it encompasses the science of designing quantitative research studies and other data collections, managing and analysing data, and interpreting the results.

There is an ongoing shortage of highly skilled biostatisticians in Australia and internationally.
The BCA delivers a program of postgraduate courses that aims to fill a serious gap between current programs in public health and epidemiology (which train users of biostatistical methods, not professional biostatisticians), and general statistics courses (which do not cater to the increasingly diverse and specialised needs of health research).

By combining the best talents from around the country, this collaboration has developed a focused curriculum with a commitment to provide Australia with well-trained professional biostatisticians and upgrade the skills of clinical researchers. The courses provide a sound mathematically-based grounding in statistical methods with a strong emphasis on applications in all areas of health and medical research.

Is this program for me?

See HERE for entry requirements and coursework details.

How and where will I study?

The model involves multiple universities collaborating to develop and deliver a single specialist program. Partner universities fully recognise courses taught by other member universities.

The courses are designed to be studied part-time and all units are delivered by distance learning methods. There are currently 6 Consortium Universities offering the program in biostatistics. You can enrol in your choice of consortium universities , having regard in particular to the availability of local support and supervision. There are, however, no residential requirements. You can study from home and tailor your study program to fit in with work commitments.

The exception to the 100% distance model is the University of Melbourne, where most of the core subjects will be taught locally (with classroom time required), rather than via the BCA’s distance delivery model shared across universities.

How does the BCA work?

See HERE for further information about how the BCA works and how to enrol.

See Future Students for information about the BCA consortium, and program information, including entry requirements, program and individual unit outlines, prerequisite requirements and semester availability.
An income-contingent loans scheme , called FEE-HELP is offered to domestic fee paying postgraduate students by the Australian Government, StudyAssist.

Upon Graduation...

Students who have successfully completed their degree, diploma or certificate in biostatistics will graduate from their home university. Graduates receive official acknowledgement of their academic award from this university, ie the university in which they were enrolled and where their student transcript for the course is recorded.

The BCA (represented by all consortium universities collectively) is proud of the achievements of its graduates and acknowledges this by giving a certificate and a letter of congratulations from the BCA Steering Committee to students who have received a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree.

Star Graduates will receive additional acknowledgment in the letter and certificate.
A Star Graduate is a graduate from the Masters or Graduate Diploma who has an overall average of at least 85%, and has achieved a mark of 85% or more in all, or all but one, units of study.

Graduate Statistican status: The BCA program is accreditedby the Statistical Society of Australia Students who graduate from the program with a Masters or Graduate Diploma will, on joining the Statistical Society of Australia, be automatically entitled to accreditation as a Graduate Statistician.


The BCA Coordinating Cente is administered at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

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