Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

Why study Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) at JCU?

Studying in cutting-edge custom laboratories, you'll be educated and supported by JCU's world-class educators. You'll be offered opportunities to gain practical public hospital and private laboratory experience, build professional networks and hear 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

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
  • 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, 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. Please see pre-placement requirements

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

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.