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Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science

February, July
1 year full time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences or cognate degree; or equivalent
Not applicable
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As a vital part of the healthcare team the work of a Medical Scientist is dynamic and exciting.  Graduating from JCU will prepare you to work as a Clinical or Medical Scientist in public and private laboratories, both nationally and internationally. There are many career opportunities.

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science in Medical Laboratory Science

You may want to pursue a career in a Pathology laboratory where you will examine blood, urine, tissue or faeces. You will be able to seek roles that require advanced technical skills in scientific analysis and knowledge in the areas of clinical microbiology, haematology, transfusion science, clinical biochemistry, histopathology, immunology, serology or laboratory management – or you may develop expertise in all these areas so you are able to provide after-hours care. Your role may involve determining what is wrong, what needs to happen to make a patient well and even helping the doctor understand whether a certain treatment is working.

Professional membership

Membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) opens up opportunities to work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist nationally and internationally. With a combination of a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate Diploma in Medical Science in Medical Laboratory Science, you can attain AIMS membership.

Graduate Diploma of Medical Science in Clinical Sciences

Perhaps working behind the scenes doesn’t suit you. If you have clinical, scientific and communications skills, you may choose to work in clinical laboratories with patients. In these cases you would become a Cardiac scientist, Respiratory scientist, Sleep scientist or Neuroscientist, or multidisciplinary scientist positions (for example in uniquely challenging and fulfilling roles in rural and remote settings).

There are a range of careers in Clinical Sciences, providing support to specialist doctors in Cardiac, Respiratory and Emergency Units.

The Graduate Diploma of Medical Science offers advanced multidisciplinary scientific training allowing you to provide guidance, policy and leadership in a variety of high demand work environments (both urban and regional). You develop particular strengths that open up unique opportunities for working in areas where there is very high demand for professionals, including: rural and remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other tropical communities.

JCU graduates are highly sought after because they demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual development and display exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards.

The Graduate Diploma of Medical Science is designed for:

  • Scientific Health professionals wanting to upskill to pursue higher level research, leadership or senior scientist roles, and
  • Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (or similar*), seeking advanced training in either major – Clinical Sciences or Medical Laboratory Science.

The course is created and delivered by allied health industry experts. You will learn in JCU’s cutting-edge custom laboratories, as well as on-the-job in professional and/or clinical placements in the Townsville Hospital Clinical Measurements Laboratories – Cardiac Investigations Unit and Respiratory and Sleep Units.

*Subject to approval

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Graduate Diploma of Medical Science

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status



Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences or cognate degree or equivalent from this or any other University, at the discretion of the Dean, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

Students wishing to complete the Graduate Diploma of Medical Science (Medical Laboratory Science) will be admitted on a case-by-case basis following discussions with the academic advisor for Biomedical Sciences to ascertain completion of subjects in their undergraduate degree which fulfil the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) requirements for accreditation.

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.

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 Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Post admission

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

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Graduate Diploma of Medical Science, graduates will be able to:

- Demonstrate advanced integrated theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying concepts and principles in chosen disciplines of medical science

- Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply scientific evidence and process to a range of social and economic contexts

- Apply recognized methods and tools of medical science to the process of enquiry and discovery, particularly in a clinical/medical investigative context

- Communicate scientific information and philosophies clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, to a range of audiences for a range of purposes using a variety of modes

- Demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments

- Critically reflect upon the role of medical scientific investigation and medical research in tropical, rural and remote and indigenous communities

- Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs, relevant to the chosen discipline of medical science

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent 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 adjustmentsReasonable 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


BM5001:06 Professional Placement 1

BM5002:06 Professional Placement 2


Select a major from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

12 credit points




Clinical Sciences


Available only as a single major

Medical Laboratory Science


Available only as a single major







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


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 Preparing for Professional Experience Placement

Special assessment

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

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

Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.-

Other restrictions

Studies and/or professional experiences undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements to JCU awards may not be used for credit

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


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Any major may appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award


Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Medical Science, and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course.

Annual Tuition Fee: $11,155 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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