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MPhil in Statistics

In disciplines as diverse as biology, economics, actuarial studies, psychology, physics, archaeology, medicine and information technology, there is always a need for qualified statisticians to make proper sense of the data. The Statistics MPhil program will enable you to specialise in any of a large number of areas, as well as receive rigorous training in core statistical application and theory. This will set you up as a professional statistician whose services will be highly sought-after.

With an ANU Statistics MPhil you will excel in your career literally anywhere in the world.

CRICOS #: 048350D

Duration: 1 to 2 years full time (2 to 4 years part time)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The minimum qualification requirement for admission to the program for a Master of Philosophy in Statistics is:

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  1. a degree of bachelor with an overall grade of distinction or higher in statistics (or a closely related discipline) from an Australian university; or
  2. another qualification that the Delegated Authority is satisfied is equivalent or superior to a degree mentioned in point (a); or
  3. a combination of qualifications and professional experience that the Delegated Authority is satisfied is equivalent or superior to a degree mentioned in point (a).

Please note that there are other admission criteria that students must also satisfy. Admission is competitive and only a limited number of students are admitted to the MPhil program each year.

In addition to the standard information required in the online application, please note the following:

  • Applicants are required to prepare a one-page statement of purpose, and
  • Short-listed applicants may be required to sit an interview.

Commencement is possible at any time subject to coursework and supervision requirements.

Program Structure

Program Structure

The specific coursework requirements for the Statistics MPhil will depend on each candidate’s background, and will be determined through discussion with the HDR Convenor prior to the candidate commencing. The standard coursework requirement of the MPhil consists of the following compulsory courses: 

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Plus one relevant elective with a maximum of two electives chosen in consultation with the HDR convenor.

Research Supervision

When a MPhil candidate is admitted to the program, a supervisor is assigned. The provisional supervisor has the responsibility of overseeing the student’s candidature.

Thesis Proposal Review

Statistics MPhil students are required to give a 45min-1hr Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) to academic staff and students approximately 9 to 12 months after commencement. Successful completion of the TPR (as determined by the candidate’s supervisory panel) is required to continue in the program.

Oral Presentation

Statistics MPhil students are required to give an oral presentation of their MPhil research approximately 3 months prior to thesis submission.

Annual reviews

In each year of their candidature, MPhil candidates are required to submit an annual report which outlines a research plan for the next twelve months, and a progress report that summarises progress and identifies any difficulties or changes in the research plan, if any. These reports form the basis of the student’s annual review.

Please refer to Research Student Milestones for further details.

Research Integrity Training

MPhil candidates are also required to undertake Research Integrity Training (RIT). This training program has been developed by the ANU Office of Research Integrity and needs to be completed whenever it is on offer in the first year following commencement.

Thesis Submission and Examination

Information on the process of thesis submission and examination can be found here: Submitting a thesis.



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