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As one of the indispensable research tools applied in the area of biomedicine, applied statistics plays a key role in every stage of biomedical research. Following China's National Heath Industry Strategy, the biomedical industry is growing at a rapid pace, and applied statistics will be one of the industry's key factors in strengthening that growth.

Why should I study Applied Statistics at XJTLU?

  • Applied statistics (biostatistics) professionals play key roles in drug research and development
  • Graduates of this programme will have broad-ranging employment prospects and a highly favourable career market due to chronic industry shortages for biostatistics professionals
  • The design of the curriculum tightly corresponds to the needs of both society and enterprise by combining advanced theoretical knowledge with applied practical skills
  • We have a strong academic team composed of international experts with profound knowledge of applied statistics and life sciences, as well as adjunct staff with solid industry experience
  • XJTLU Wisdom Lake Academy of Pharmacy has established strategic cooperative relations with more than 10 well-known enterprises in biomedical fields in China. We are located near SIP BioBay which boasts more than 400 pharmaceutical companies that can provide extensive internship opportunities.
Qualification XJTLU BSc Applied Statistics University of Liverpool BSc(Hons) Biomedical Statistics More about qualifications

Knowledge and skills

This four-year program will provide students a strong foundation in mathematics and statistics, as well as acquired knowledge in related subject matters such as biomedical sciences. Additionally, students will gain proficiency in computer programming and the use of mainstream software programs for conducting data analysis. The training and technical expertise provided will lay a strong foundation for students as they continue their journeys in their chosen fields.

Biostatistics opens a window to medical truths, allowing us to treat, prevent, and cure disease like never before. As such, the biomedical industry and biostatistical fields are slated to undergo unprecedented growth, both today and for the foreseeable future.
Xin Liu
Programme director


  • Year One

    UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

  • Year Two

    Compulsory modules:

    • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
    • Introduction to Programming in Java
    • Introduction to Evolution and Genetics
    • Introduction to the Methods of Applied Mathematics
    • Biostatistics and R Programming
    • Mathematical Modeling
    • Survey Sampling
    • Introduction to Preventive Medicine
    • Organic Chemistry for Biologists
  • Year Three

    Compulsory modules:

    • Introduction to Operational Research
    • SAS for Data Analyses
    • Pharmacology
    • Statistics Forecast and Decision Making
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Applied Multivariate Statistics
    • Ordinary Differential Equations
    • Epidemiology
    • Design of Experiments
    • Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

    Optional modules:

    • Applied Time Series Analysis
    • Applied Stochastic Process
    • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Year Four

    Compulsory modules:

    • Final Year Project (Phase I+II)
    • Linear Statistical Models
    • Practical Bioinformatics I
    • Bio-medicinal Chemistry
    • Biotechnological Pharmaceutics
    • Pharmaceutical Administration and Regulation

    Optional modules:

    • Bio-computation
    • Big Data Analytics
    • Machine Learning
    • Evidence-based Medicine and Meta Analyses
    • Statistical Methods for Clinical Trials
    • Bayesian Statistics
    • Computer Aided Drug Design


There is and will continue to be a growing demand for diversely skilled applied statistics professionals from a wide array of companies, hospitals, scientific research institutions, and government agencies. In general, students pursuing a BSc degree in applied statistics (with a concentration in biostatistics) have access to a number of exciting career options:

  • Pursue advanced degrees in related fields at XJTLU or prestigious universities overseas
  • Join a global or local pharmaceutical firm such as Pfizer, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine, and Innovent Biologics as a statistical analysis professional
  • Join a contract research organisation, such as Covance and IQVIA, or a biomedical company, such as Boston Scientific and Royal Phillips
  • Join a hospital or a scientific research institution as a researcher
  • Work for a public health institution such as a regulatory agency for food and drugs, a centre for disease control and prevention, a community health care organisation, or an inspection and quarantine agency
  • Join a financial institution or an insurance company to provide technical expertise in statistics, data analysis and data forecasting to a wide variety of sectors.