Course and Subject Handbook 2017 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) [Embedded]

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) [Embedded]

Course Code




Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Current admission to Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science bachelor degree at JCU; and aachievement of an overall minimum grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across levels 1 and 2 of the bachelor degree, with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration.

Additional selection requirements

Students 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 students 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


Course learning outcomes

The Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent and advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles across the range of pathology science disciplines

  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and processes in a range of social and economic contexts

  • Apply recognised methods and tolls of medical laboratory science in processes of enquiry and discovery in clinical/medical investigative contexts

  • Communicate scientific information and research findings clearly and coherently through advanced English language and numeracy proficiency to a range of audiences using a variety of modes

  • Demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsible in individual and/or team environments

  • Critically reflect upon the role of pathology investigation and medical research in tropical, rural, remote, Indigenous communities and/or other contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs relevant to a professional medical laboratory scientist

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

BM1003:03 Biomedicine in the Tropics

Level 2

BM2001:03 Epidemiology

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

MI3041:03 Food Microbiology

PP3201:03 Contemporary Research in Physiology


Select an Honours discipline from the table below











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

11 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


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and 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 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student 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

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable