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Masters in Biostatistics

STA5057W & STA5058W: Masters in Biostatistics

The course work component (STA5057W) of the MSc degree in Biostatistics aims to train students in more advanced statistical methodology needed for the analysis of data from the Health and Biological Sciences. Students need to complete 6 modules of which 4 are compulsory. Depending on the statistics background of the student, two options are available:

Option 1:    
Multivariate Statistics  STA5069Z 15 credits
Longitudinal Data Analysis STA5067Z 15 credits
Survival Analysis STA5072Z 15 credits
Design of Clinical Trials STA5063Z 15 credits
 
Option 2:
Biostatistics Honours Module    15 credits
GLM Theory    7.5 credits
Multivariate Honours Module   15 credits
Longitudinal Data Analysis STA5067Z 15 credits
Survival Analysis STA5072Z 15 credits
Design of Clinical Trials STA5063Z 15 credits
To complete a total of 90 credits, students may choose from the electives: - See more at: http://www.stats.uct.ac.za/node/1216589#sthash.7tjD49X4.dpuf
   
To complete a total of 90 credits, students may choose from the electives:
Advanced Topics in Regression STA5090Z 15 credits
Simulation and Optimisation STA5071Z 15 credits
Machine Learning STA5068Z 15 credits
Bayesian Decision Modelling STA5061Z 15 credits
Mathematical Modelling for Infectious Diseases STA5066Z 15 credits
Ecological Statistics  STA5064Z 15 credits
Causal Modelling STA5062Z 15 credits
     

 

Students are also allowed to choose a maximum of two modules from other departments or honours level courses. Students who do not have a qualification in Statistics at honours level, will be required to pass some pre-courses (STA5014Z) before being allowed to register for the degree. These include Introductory Calculus, Matrix Methods, Introductory Inference and R-programming. These transition students will be required to take the Biostatistics Honours module as a compulsory module and may take the Multivariate Statistics at honours rather than masters level. After successful completion of the coursework component, the students will register for the dissertation component of the degree.

The research component (STA5058W) of the degree is based on a 90 credit dissertation. The topic of the research will be based on methodological or applied problems from the Health or Biological Sciences. Students may be based in a research unit from where the research has originated for the duration of their dissertation.

On completion of the research component, and the preceding coursework component, students will be able to: (1) conduct collaborative research in the health and biological sciences, (2) conduct independent research in statistical methodology for the health and biological sciences, (3) act as statistical consultants for health and biological sciences research.