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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 and during your internship 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 SE 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
Note: Full-time and part-time mode are only available during the day.
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2014 & 2015 February
Deferment 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 code076173F
  • 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, biochemistry, cytogenetics and transfusion science. The results of these tests are then used by health professionals and contribute to 70 per cent of all clinical decisions including choice of treatment.

Why choose this course?

This degree is the longest running course of its kind in Queensland. The course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and offers you opportunities for employment in the pathology industry as a medical laboratory scientist. Your learning will extend beyond one specific area and will incorporate advanced knowledge in all areas of clinical pathology. As part of your professional diagnostic development, you will complete a work-integrated learning internship that allows you to network with, and be mentored by, practising medical scientists and clinical researchers. You may be able to complete part of your work placement in regional or rural Queensland, interstate or in an international laboratory.

This course has been designed in consultation with managers and academics from pathology and research laboratories to ensure you gain advanced knowledge of the latest  diagnostic techniques used in the industry. In addition to a semester-long work-integrated learning internship, you will develop practical skills in our laboratories, which means you are  familiar with techniques, equipment and instruments used daily in industry and research.

During first year you will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts that underpin medical laboratory science: cellular  and molecular biosciences, anatomy, physiological mathematics, statistics, biophysics and chemistry. You will be introduced to the local, national and global profession of medical laboratory science and the Australian healthcare system in the first of your professionally oriented units in the course.

In your second year you will explore more specialised concepts in pathology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cytogenetic and molecular pathology, histological techniques, quantitative medical science, and Quality Assurance systems. In your practical classes, you will learn some of the latest techniques used in the clinical diagnostic pathology industry, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills to professional standards.

The third year of the program allows you to further develop and refine your knowledge, understanding and practical skills to a more advanced level, and learn how they are applied in the clinical disciplines of molecular diagnostics, microbiology, chemical pathology, diagnostic endocrinology, histopathology, cytopathology, haematology, and transfusion and  transplantation science.

In your first semester of final year, you will undertake a semester-long work-integrated learning internship in a recognised laboratory. You will also complete studies in health informatics and learn how this relates to day-to-day laboratory operations.

In your final semester, you will complete an elective of your choice designed to complement your learning, for example, pharmacology, marketing, management, or research techniques. You will also prepare professional plans and identify graduate opportunities, as well as further your clinical discipline-specific learning in the context of intercultural health and contemporary issues in medical science.

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, 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 77

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.


2015: CSP $4,500 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll 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.

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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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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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