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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

  • ID:GU610113
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites: Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

English Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Course Information

Medical scientists perform diagnostic tests of blood, tissues and other bodily fluids to help doctors diagnose diseases such as glandular fever, diabetes, swine flu and even cancer. Medical scientists can also recommend treatment options and help manage clinical trials.

In this degree, you will develop the knowledge and skills to work as a medical scientist. In your first year, you will take courses in chemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology. You will learn about the body's structure, how it functions under normal circumstances and general health challenges.

From your second year, you will start to focus on specialist courses in medical laboratory science and learn how the body functions under diseased conditions.

In your third year, you will gain more in-depth knowledge of medical laboratory science and undertake full-time clinical placements in each of the areas of medical science.

Honours is available through an additional year of study.


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Year 1

You must complete the following courses:

  • Chemistry of Biological Systems I - 1001MSC

  • Introduction to Clinical Pathology - 1003MSC

  • Cells, Tissues and Regulation - 1014MSC

  • Anatomy and Physiology Systems I - 1016MSC

  • Genes and Disease - 1005MSC

  • Anatomy and Physiology Systems II - 1017MSC

  • Chemistry of Biological Systems II - 1015MSC

  • Health Challenges for the 21st Century - 1205MED

Year 2

You must complete the following courses:

  • Integrated Systems Physiology - 2012AHS

  • Biochemistry - 2005MSC

  • Introduction to Biomedical Data Analysis - 1002MSC

  • Molecular Genetics - 2000MSC

  • Microbiology - 2007MSC


  • Fundamentals of Microbiology - 2003MSC

  • Pathophysiology - 2002MSC

  • Haematology I - 2009MSC

  • Free-choice elective

Year 3

You must complete the following courses:

  • Molecular Diagnostics - 3020MSC

  • Clinical Microbiology - 3006MSC

  • Histology - 3007MSC

  • Immunology - 3004MSC

  • Transfusion Science - 3011MSC

  • Histopathology - 3008MSC

  • Haematology II - 3009MSC

  • Clinical Biochemistry - 3012MSC

Year 4

You must complete the following courses:

  • Clinical Placement I - 4001MSC

  • Clinical Placement II - 4002MSC

  • Pharmacology - 3002MSC

  • Molecular Medicine - 3022MSC

  • Clinical Laboratory Discipline Based Project - 4004MSC

Free-choice electives

You may select free-choice electives from the list below or any Undergraduate free-choice elective/s offered across the University provided pre-requisites are met. If you require guidance please liaise with your Program Director.

  • Entrepreneurship and New Business Ventures - 2043MKT (not offered from 2020)

  • Community Internship and Partnerships for SDGs - 3002LFC

  • Healthcare Systems - 3205MED

  • Self-Marketing - 3029MKT

  • Pathology Techniques - 2004MSC

  • Science of Infection Control - 3001MSC

  • Engaging with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Business Communities - 3100AFE

  • Essential Skills for the New Health Professional - 3025MSC

  • The Business of You - 3036IBA (not offered in 2021)

  • The Business of Business - 3037IBA (not offered in 2021)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

You will be able to work in hospital laboratories, private pathology laboratories, state health laboratories, universities, veterinary sciences, forensic laboratories, food and cosmetic industry with specialisation in haematology, transfusion science, histopathology, clinical microbiology, clinical biochemistry and molecular diagnostics.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 609 ($) AUD per year

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