The MSc Programme in Biostatistics (launched in 2006) offered at the Department of Data Science is a one-of-a-kind specialized course that nurtures students to pursue a career that encompasses statistics as a decision science along the lines of health and biological sciences. It aims to nurture the students with inter-disciplinary expertise through

• Strong methodological foundations in applied statistics

• Versatile training in data-centric research through statistical consultations

• Competency to work in multiple programming environments (R, STATA, SAS, SPSS, Python, EPI Info)

Curriculum Overview

• Probability and Probability Distributions

• Epidemiology

• Computational Mathematics

• Biostatistical Inference

• Linear Regression Models

• Categorical Data Analysis and Logistic Regression Models

• Clinical Trials

• Stochastic Processes

• Design and Analysis of Clinical Experiments

• Event History Analysis

• Hierarchical Models

• Machine Learning Methods

• Data Management and Data Warehousing

• Programming in SAS for Analytics

• Programming with R and Python

• Bayesian Statistical Modelling

• Disease Modelling and Spatial Modelling

• Applied Data Analytics

• Certification in Research Methodology

• Time Series Analysis (Elective)

• Nonparametric and Nonlinear Regression Models (Elective)


Two-year full-time programme with a modular-based curriculum framework.

Eligibility Criteria

Graduates with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent grade in any of the following qualifications from UGC Recognized Universities may apply for MSc (Biostatistics) programme.

·         BSc. Statistics/Mathematics/Computer Science

·         BE/B. Tech/BCA

·         Any other Graduation with a minimum of two years of learning of Mathematics or Statistics

Selection Criteria

Based on the merit of rank obtained in the entrance examination and/or personal interview. In the absence of an entrance examination/interview, the merit of rank is prepared by using the grade obtained in Mathematics and/or Statistics in the qualifying examinations.

Placement Assistance

Through collaborations with the industry as well as research institutes, the department provides placement assistance to successful students. We are proud of our alumni who have embarked on a career as biostatisticians, data scientists and researchers through campus placement opportunities.

How to Apply

Applications open for the academic year 2021-22.

Apply at https://apply.manipal.edu/.

Choose Stream: Data Science to apply for this programme. 

Last Date to Apply: June 30, 2021

Click here for the Programme Brochure

Key Dates & Deadlines


Wed Jun 30 2021

Jun ' 21

Last date to Apply


Jul ' 21

Tentative Course Commencement Date


Access to hospital facilities gives student hands-on training

Innovation Centre
State-of-the-art Innovation Centre facilitates multi-disciplinary research

Laboratories give students the opportunity for practical experience

Sports & Fitness
Marena has world-class facilities with courts for badminton, tennis, soccer & squash, as well as a well-equipped gymnasium

Libraries give students access to study resources, digital and print

Student Housing
Student hostels are their homes away from homes