Bachelor of Science (Statistics)
DurationFull-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years
Your career in statistics
As a statistician you will gather, process, analyse and interpret data in industries as diverse as health care, finance, teaching, government, environmental management and scientific research.
How you will learn in this program
You will apply knowledge to characterise, analyse and solve a wide range of problems using industry-relevant computer packages and analytical tools.
Every year you'll undertake a work-integrated learning project involving a real-life industry problem with advice and feedback from industry professionals.
I chose to study at RMIT because I liked the location and the programs offered had a good reputation in the workforce. The program provides a great basis in theory but also includes the opportunity for practical applications through placement and lab sessions. This combination supports a smooth transition between university and work life.
- Emma Gadsby, Bachelor of Science (Statistics)
A degree that meets the needs of industry
RMIT’s focus on industry-based, practical learning is realised in the way our Bachelor of Science (Statistics) degrees is structured. Industry representatives inform how the program incorporates current trends and future graduate capabilities, the use of the latest mathematical and statistical software, and the introduction of new subjects.
Throughout the program you will undertake industry-based projects that include working with industry mentors. Workplace visits, lectures from practicing professionals and the opportunity for work placements further connect your learning experience to industry.
Statistics is the mathematical science of collecting and analysing data to draw conclusions and make predictions.
In year one you will learn core mathematical and statistical knowledge and develop essential conceptual and analytical skills. In years two and three you will undertake advanced studies in mathematics, modelling, analysis and experimental design.
You will also have the opportunity to tailor your studies by choosing a number of elective courses in three areas of specialisation: Environmental Modelling, Finance and Marketing.
Completing this program equips graduates with a broad range of skills and knowledge enabling them to excel in roles dependent on data analysis and numerical reasoning.
This program will:
- provide you with a sound knowledge of statistical theory
- expose you to a wide range of statistical models, approaches and software
- enable you to select and apply the appropriate statistical theories, techniques and software to solve a wide range of problems
- expose you to related fields of study which require statistical expertise, such as finance, marketing or environmental modelling
- develop your knowledge of the types of industry which employ statisticians and the variety of tasks they undertake
- develop your range of professional skills and abilities to operate effectively in settings that involve mathematical and statistical expertise
- identify the need for an ethical approach to your work
With her newly polished skills, Kimberly Lau is ready for a career in the finance sector.
Mathematician and football enthusiast, Nicholas Miokovic, is aiming for an exciting career in sports statistics when he graduates from a Bachelor of Science (Statistics) at RMIT.
During third year you'll undertake a project that's linked to industry and the real problems you'll face in the workforce.
Students have worked on industry projects in organisations including VicRoads, Victorian Institute of Sport (Melbourne Vixens), Badminton Australia, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Australia Bank, Dairy Innovation Australia, Deloitte Australia, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Crown Melbourne Limited, Red Cross Blood Bank, The Smith Family, and Biarri Commercial Mathematics, to name just a few.
RMIT partners with over 150 organisations around the world to provide you with global work and study opportunities.
You could spend a semester studying abroad, take part in a study tour or complete an international internship.
In Year 1 you'll study the basics of calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, mathematical programming and professional practice.
In Years 2 and 3 you’ll learn about the mathematical foundations of statistics together with the numerous areas of application. It is at this stage that you choose your specialisation.
You will select eight courses from dozens of different electives in these specialisations to customise your studies for particular learning outcomes.
Examples of available electives are:
- Data Visualisation
- Mathematical Modelling
- Modelling with Differential Equations
- Sampling and Quality Control
- Scientific Computing
- Sports Statistics
- Business Finance
- Financial Markets
- Marketing Communication
- Nonlinear Optimisation
- Prices and Markets
- System Dynamic Modelling
RMIT partners with SAS the leader in business analytics software. Students who complete Math2202 Data Preparation for Analytics, Math2142 Multivariate Analysis, Math2203 Linear model and design of experiment, and Math2301 Analysis of Large Data Sets, and Math2203 are eligible to apply for the SAS® Joint Certificate Program (JCP).
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3 years full time or 6 years part time
3 years full time
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Program code: BP245
This is a fast growing profession and there is a chronic undersupply of statistics graduates. The Australian Government forecasts strong increase in demand for statisticians in the foreseeable future.
In 2016, LinkedIn ranked the number one skill sought after among Australian employers as being statistical analysis and data mining.
Statisticians apply problem-solving and data analysis skills to fields including:
- banking and finance (maximising profit and minimising risk)
- medical research (treatment and drug efficacy)
- environmental modelling (resources, biodiversity, weather and climate)
- marketing (market segmentation and clustering)
A wide variety of companies rely on statistics for reporting, data modelling and forecasting operational results.
This program is for you if you're interested in:
- solving problems through data analysis
- predicting future trends in the environment, economy and finance
- sports statistics
- the practical application of mathematics and statistics theory
Statisticians must know more than statistics. A statistician who works in medicine or in a manufacturing plant or in market research must also learn enough about medicine or engineering or marketing to understand the data in their setting.
Graduates work in sports statistics at:
- the AIS Australian Institute of Sport
- the Australian Football League (AFL)
Graduates also work in the public service for organisations including:
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
- Bureau of Meteorology and Australia Post
They also enter many banking and finance careers.
*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments).
RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options.
RMIT admits students from a range of educational pathways, including Year 12 results, previous higher education or vocational education study, work experience, and for some programs - interviews, auditions or portfolios.
Gain a better understanding of the Admission criteria for this program by viewing RMIT’s Admission information.
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (including any adjustments).
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent in 2016, 2017 or 2018. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.
School Network Access Program (SNAP)
The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary access and participation of eligible students from SNAP partner schools.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Certificate IV or above or equivalent.
Applicants with Higher Education study
Satisfactory completion of at least four courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level or overseas equivalent.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent more then two years ago.
You must sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice if:
- You have no prior Year 12, VET qualifications, HE results or relevant work experience that meet the minimum entry requirements for the program; and
- You are 19 years of age or over (as of 1 Jan 2019) and have not enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) /RMIT Access
This is a gender underrepresented program and awards bonus points to female applicants. To be eligible you must submit a SEAS/RMIT Access application and complete category 1.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Indigenous Access Program will support your application into RMIT programs through an informal interview process with support from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Your relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, in addition to any formal qualifications, are all considered.
Elite Athlete Program
The RMIT Elite Athlete Program (REAP) supports elite athlete and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 65% average (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Science (Statistics) you may be eligible for entry to the following programs:
In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*.
* Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2019
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.