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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 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 code 418201
QUT course code LS47
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2019 February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Health
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
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.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Your course

Year 1

The course commences by developing a sound knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts that underpin medical laboratory science: cellular and molecular biosciences, anatomy, physiology mathematics, statistics, biophysics and chemistry. You will also be introduced to the local, national and global profession of medical laboratory science, and the Australian Healthcare System in the first of your professionally orientated units in the course.

Year 2

In your second year, you will explore more specialised concepts in pathology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cytogenetic and molecular pathology, histopathological 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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

In your first semester, you will undertake a semester-long work integrated learning internship in a recognised laboratory. During that time 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, e.g. 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.

Course progressions are subject to University approval.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

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If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

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We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

Subject prerequisites

  • Chemistry
  • Maths B

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry cut-offs

These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

OP 13
Rank 71
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. 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.


2019: $39,200 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

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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