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  • 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 day-to-day clinical 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 Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2017 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 Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
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 the investigation of disease, and interpret data and analyse results in areas such as immunology, haematology, transfusion science, microbiology, biochemistry, cytopathology, histopathology, cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics. 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 accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Your learning will extend beyond one specific area and incorporate advanced knowledge in all areas of clinical pathology.

Your study will focus on the fundamental concepts that underpin medical laboratory science before advancing to more specialised concepts and techniques. You will be introduced to the local, national and global profession and its role in the Australian healthcare system, health and how this relates to laboratory operations, and Quality Assurance systems.

During practical classes in our laboratories, you will learn the latest techniques used in industry, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills to a professional standard. An essential part of the course is the 12-week work integrated learning internship that allows you to apply your learning, network with, and be mentored by, practising medical scientists and clinical researchers. You will be encouraged to identify your graduate opportunities and choose an elective in an area that complements your career aspirations, for example, pharmacology, business studies, Indigenous and public health, or research techniques and methods.

Career outcomes

Medical laboratory scientists work in the pathology industry, generally in hospitals or public and private laboratories. Graduates of this course can choose to work across all areas (multidisciplined), 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 as a graduate you are immediately eligible for graduate membership and 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. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 11

Rank 76

Assumed knowledge

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

  • Maths B
  • English
  • Chemistry

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. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

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.



2017: CSP $4700 Per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2016: CSP $4,600 per Study Period (48 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.

More information on the SSAF

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.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

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.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  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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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

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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