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OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set

  • Explore specialised concepts in biochemistry, haematology, transfusion and transplantation science, microbiology, pathology, immunology, cytogenetic and molecular pathology, histopathological techniques, quantitative medical science, quality assurance systems, and health informatics.
  • Gain practical experience in our teaching laboratories using equipment and analysers used in industry practice.
  • In your final year undertake a semester-long work integrated learning internship in a recognised laboratory.
  • Longest running course of its kind in South-East Queensland where graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
QTAC course code418201
QUT course code LS47
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2019 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact
CRICOS code 076173F
  • Biochemist
  • Cytologist
  • Hospital Scientist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Pathology Scientist
  • Research Scientist


Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on human and veterinary specimens including blood, bodily fluids, stool, urine, tissue biopsies and more. They are skilled in interpreting and  analysing these specimens to identify blood diseases, viruses and parasites, immunity disorders, evidence of toxins and poisons, genetic mutations, plus much more. The results of these tests are then used by health professionals to diagnose 100 per cent of cancers as well as contribute to 70 per cent of all clinical decisions including choice of treatment.

Why choose this course?

This degree was the first of its kind in Queensland and is taught by registered industry professionals with established careers working in pathology laboratories. Your learning will extend beyond one area of practice and incorporate all areas of clinical pathology including haematology, transfusion science, cytology and immunology. Professionals with knowledge across the spectrum have extended career opportunities and our graduates are successful in securing positions nationally and overseas.

During this course, you will complete a 12-week professional placement where you will work alongside practising medical scientists and clinical researchers in accredited pathology labs and research facilities. You will be encouraged to identify graduate opportunities and choose an elective in an area that complements your career aspirations—in pharmacology, business studies, Indigenous and public health, or research techniques and methods, for example.

Hands-on experiences in the Q Block laboratories at Gardens Point begin during first semester of first year, and are embedded throughout the course. We are recognised for delivering graduates who are confident with advanced techniques and able to conduct experiments to a professional standard.

Career outcomes

Medical laboratory scientists work in the pathology industry, generally in hospitals or public and private laboratories. There is an increasing demand for graduates in growth areas such as fertility services. Graduates of this course may choose a role where they perform tests across all areas, specialise in an area of particular interest or complete postgraduate studies for a career in research. QUT graduates are currently researching in cancer biology, malaria, eye disease, stem cell therapies, transfusion science and infectious disease.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and graduates will have completed the academic and work placement requirements for admission as a full member.

Depending on your employment, you will be eligible to apply for membership of various professional organisations including the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists, Australian Society of Microbiology, Australian Society of Cytology, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, and Australian Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Maths B

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.



2019: CSP $9,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418201) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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