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Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics)

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

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  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    8 units

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) program has been developed for graduates in the humanities, social sciences and health sciences who require statistics in their job, but is also useful for graduates from other fields who require further education and training in applied statistics. The program concentrates on practical skills and enables participants to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic areas of statistics.

In particular it builds proficiency in the SAS software package as well as SPSS. It provides students with experience in analysing multivariate data sets and also complex sample data. As a student of the Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) course you will gain an understanding of the need for, and methods of, acquiring good data, as well as an appreciation for the role of statistical analysis in revealing underlying relationships and behaviours in business and society.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) program you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or prefer not to commit to the whole study period. Depending on the units studied, you can exit with a Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics).


This is a restricted program. Enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this program.

Areas of study

As part of the program you will study units in the following areas:

  • Statistical practice 1
  • Statistical practice 2
  • Basic statistical computing
  • Research design
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Further statistical computing
  • Forecasting
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Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) from Swinburne University of Technology.

On completion of this course you will have developed quantitative skills in areas such as exploratory data analysis, estimation and hypothesis testing, and forecasting to enhance your employment opportunities in many industries. The demand for applied statisticians continues to grow as data production grows in all areas of the economy. Graduates of this program may find employment in marketing, government agencies, market research, education, medical and biological sciences, town planning, social research, insurance, banking or medical research.

Curious about where a career in science could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Statistician
  • Data Analyst
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Applied Statistician

Payment options & support

Finance options

FEE-HELP is available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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