Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science with Honours

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

A minimum GPA of 5.0 calculated over level 1 and 2 subjects in the pass degree.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Candidates will be invited to apply for the Honours program during the final teaching period of level 2.

Special admission requirements

A quota may be imposed on the number of candidates accepted for entry to Honours depending on the availability of supervisors.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1000:03   Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

CH1001:03   Chemistry: A Central Science

HS1000:03   Epidemiology

ML1101:03   Pathology Sample Collection and Transport

AT1210:03   Introductory Human Anatomy and Histology

CH1002:03   Chemistry: Principles and Applications

HS1401:03   Health and Health Care in Australia

PP1201:03   Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology

Level 2

AT2110:03   Comparative Mammalian Anatomy and Histology

BC2013:03   Principles of Biochemistry

MI2011:03   Microbial Diversity

PP2101:03   Medical Physiology 1

BC2023:03   Molecular Genetics

BC2024:03   Cell Regulation

MI2021:03   Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03   Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

MI3051:03   Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

ML3102:03   Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

PP3251:03   Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

Level 4

ML4305:03   Immunohaematology

ML4307:03   Haematology 1

ML4308:03   Haematology 2

ML4309:03   Histology and Cytology Techniques

ML4404:03   Medical Laboratory Science Research Elective

ML4301:03   Clinical Biochemistry 1

ML4302:03   Clinical Biochemistry 2

ML4405:03   Clinical Placement (Honours)


Select 3 credit points of specified level 2 and 3 subjects

BC3201:03   Biotechnology

CH2012:03   Environmental Analytical Techniques

MI3041:03   Food Microbiology

PP3201:03   Contemporary Research in Physiology


Select an Honours discipline














BC3401:03   Medical Laboratory Science Biochemistry Honours

MI3021:03   Clinical Microbiology

MI3061:03   Advanced Immunobiology

PP3151:03   General Pathobiology


BC3101:03   Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3061:03   Advanced Immunobiology

MI3421:03   Medical Laboratory Science Microbiology Honours

PP3151:03   General Pathobiology


BC3101:03   Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03   Clinical Microbiology

MI3061:03   Advanced Immunobiology

PP3451:03   Medical Laboratory Science Physiology Honours







Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable