Postgraduate study in Statistics

The Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics is the largest statistics department in Australasia. We provide you with a wide choice of research topics.

Our research areas include biostatistics and novel regression methodologies, statistical computing, the analysis of survey data, statistical ecology and bioinformatics, forensic statistics, statistics education, experimental design and quality improvement, operations research and stochastic processes, and Bayesian statistics.

Postgraduate study opportunities in Statistics

Postgraduate study in Statistics is an opportunity to design and apply quantitative techniques to your chosen discipline. Staff in the department have technical expertise in:

  • linear and non-linear statistical modelling
  • statistical computing
  • sample survey theory
  • statistics education
  • Bayesian methods
  • medical statistics
  • statistical genetics
  • non-parametric statistics
  • applied probability
  • forensic science
  • a wide variety of statistical applications to other disciplines.

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Statistics

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A major in Statistics including STATS 210 or STATS 225, and at least 90 points above Stage II. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Master of Arts (MA) in Statistics

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Statistics with an average grade of B or higher. You must also have passed STATS 210 or STATS 225.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Statistics including STATS 210, and at least 90 points above Stage II. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Statistics, contact an Adviser.