MATH5916 is a Honours and Postgraduate Coursework Mathematics course. See the course overview below.

Units of credit: 6

Prerequisites: Nil

Cycle of offering: Variable

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information: This recent course outline (PDF) contains information about course objectives, assessment, course materials and the syllabus. The outline will be made available closer to the Term/Year of offering.

Important additional information as of 2023

UNSW Plagiarism Policy

The University requires all students to be aware of its policy on plagiarism.

For courses convened by the School of Mathematics and Statistics no assistance using generative AI software is allowed unless specifically referred to in the individual assessment tasks.

If its use is detected in the no assistance case, it will be regarded as serious academic misconduct and subject to the standard penalties, which may include 00FL, suspension and exclusion.



The online handbook entry contains information about the course. (The timetable is only up-to-date if the course is being offered this year.)

If you are currently enrolled in MATH5916, you can log into UNSW Moodle for this course.

Course overview

Survival analysis is the analysis of data representing the time to occurrence of a certain event or endpoint ("time-to-event" data). In a medical context, examples of endpoints include death, relief of pain, and recurrence of symptoms. 

The aim of survival analysis in a particular medical investigation might be to identify important prognostic variables for survival time, or to compare the survival times of a number of different groups. Because of the prevalence of these types of medical investigations, survival analysis represents one of the most important areas of statistical methodology in medicine.

This course will explain the special features of time-to-event data and introduce some of the methods and models available to deal with them.