Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00213J

This degree was the first of its kind in Queensland and is taught by registered industry professionals with established careers working in pathology laboratories. Our graduates are successful in securing positions nationally and overseas. Your studies will incorporate all areas of clinical pathology including haematology, transfusion science, cytology, biochemistry, microbiology, histology, molecular pathology and immunology, providing you with increased career opportunities. Medical Laboratory Scientists work in clinical diagnostic pathology laboratories and perform and interpret tests on a wide range of human (and veterinary) samples such as blood, bone marrow, urine, and tissue. The results they generate are used to assess health status, diagnose disease and monitor the effects of various treatment/therapies, e.g. chemotherapy used in cancer treatments. 70% of all clinical decisions are either wholly or partially based on the results generated by pathology laboratories. In addition, 100% of cancers are diagnosed by pathology testing, as well as performing 100% of COVID-19 tests in laboratories. The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is externally accredited by the peak representative body for medical laboratory scientists in Australia, the Australian Institute for Medical and Clinical Scientists. The program contains all the relevant professional units as well as a 16-week professional placement.


384 credit points


  • Medical laboratory science

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Assumed knowledge: Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C)English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)


Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. Depending on students' clinical discipline(s) of employment, they may 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.

Study pathways

Postgraduate studies in Medical Laboratory Science or research degrees.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Gardens Point International: $182,800 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

Hepatitis B vaccination and a current Blue Card prior to commencing the clinical placement components in this course. Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Rubella, Tetanus and Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccinations are mandatory for all students attending a Queensland Health facility for placement. Hepatitis A, Influenza and Poliomyelitis are highly recommended for all Health students. QUT offers a range of scholarships that provide real support for students. Our offer guarantee can give you peace of mind about your study choices. If you receive an ATAR or selection rank equal to or higher than the offer guarantee, you are guaranteed a place in the course regardless of the threshold. This means that when you know your ATAR or selection rank you can check your eligibility for a QUT course before receiving an offer. You still need to lodge a QTAC application by the closing date. A small number of courses do not participate in the offer guarantee scheme.

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