Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

Studying in cutting-edge custom laboratories, you'll be educated and supported by JCU's world-class educators. You will be offered opportunities to gain practical public hospital and private laboratory experience, build professional networks and access expert industry speakers. You could even experience a clinical placement in Papua New Guinea! JCU ensures you are work-ready when you graduate.

Start dates
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA), Chemistry (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA)

Career opportunities

Medical Laboratory Science is a career option where you'll be at the forefront of rapidly advancing scientific discoveries, so your job will constantly grow and diversify.

This critical health profession will see you laboratory test blood, body fluids and tissues. Then clinicians will use your test results to diagnose, treat and prevent disease.

Your career choices include working in:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Private laboratories
  • Clinics, and
  • Government agencies and laboratories.

Course highlights

Your JCU studies will prepare you to meet the current demand for professionally qualified scientists to work in public hospital, private and government pathology laboratories. Your academic studies and the practical experience you gain will give you a unique understanding of the inter-relationship between microbiological and chemical testing and the resulting clinical manifestations in clinical, scientific, and industrial settings.

Our degree carries full accreditation from the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), so you’ll be professionally qualified to work anywhere in Australia or overseas. Cutting-edge custom laboratories, field leading tutors and broad industry networks set JCU apart.

Work-ready skills are at the heart of our degree program, so you will benefit from work integrated learning within public hospitals and private pathology laboratories. Such practicums also offer invaluable industry networking opportunities.

Flexible entry

JCU offers flexible entry into this sought-after degree. So if you hold level 1-3 in the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, or you have relevant experience in medical technology, you're welcome to apply. JCU will make every effort to accommodate you in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours).

Course overview

This JCU course equips you with a broad foundation that prepares you for a fulfilling career. Included in your studies are:

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Microbiology and infectious diseases
  • Immunology
  • Haematology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Quality assurance
  • Laboratory management
  • Clinical placements, including those in Papua New Guinea.

Special note

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates before undertaking a placement. These requirements should be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316121) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.


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Course Code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

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.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Recommended: one of Biology, Health Education, Physical Education or Physics

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.

Post admission requirements

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

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.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

BM1001:03 Introduction to Biomedicine

BM1002:03 Anatomy: Principles and Systems

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2:

BM1003:03 Biomedicine in the Tropics

BM1004:03 Anatomy: Structure and Movement

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

BM2001:03 Epidemiology

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology 1

Teaching Period 2:

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

BC2024:03 Cell Biology

MI2021:03 Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology

PP2201:03 Medical Physiology 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

BC3101:03 Genes, Genomes and Development

MI3021:03 Clinical Microbiology

MI3061:03 Advanced Immunobiology

PP3151:03 General Pathobiology

Teaching Period 2:

MI3051:03 Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases

ML3102:03 Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

PP3251:03 Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics


Select 3 credit points of specified level 3 subjects:

BM3000:03 Advanced Projects in Biomedicine

BC3201:03 Bioengineering

MI3071:03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

ML5305:03 Advanced Immmunohaematology

ML5307:03 Advanced Haematology 1

ML5308:03 Advanced Haematology 2

ML5303:03 Advanced Clinical Placement 1

Teaching Period 2:

ML5301:03 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry 1

ML5302:03 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry 2

ML5304:03 Advanced Clinical Placement 2

ML5309:03 Advanced Histology and Cytology Techniques







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.

Professional 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 Credit 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

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 72 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of:

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology).

Course articulation

Not applicable


The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.