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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

4 years full-time
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English (Units 3/4,C). Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C).
Recommended: one of Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics (Units 3/4,C)
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Be at the cutting-edge of scientific progress in health and diagnostics with the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours). Become qualified to work anywhere in Australia with this degree fully accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Understand the relationship between microbiological, haematological and chemical testing in the diagnosis of disease in clinical and health care settings. Gain practical experience in public hospitals and private laboratories and build professional networks to graduate workforce ready.

Combine theoretical studies in fields including microbiology, histology, molecular biology,  haematology and transfusion science with essential skills in quality assurance and laboratory management.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Make a difference in the field of medicine, working on the cutting-edge of treatment developments and early disease diagnosis. Prepare yourself for a rewarding career at the forefront of healthcare research with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) from JCU.

Prepared for Anything

Be ready today for tomorrow with a world-class education and a degree accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. Become eligible for the best jobs nationwide when you join AIMS, earning professional membership upon graduation. Prepare your CV for the workforce through practical placements in private laboratories, public hospitals and research settings both on and off the campus.

Gain mastery of the most advanced research techniques at JCU's world-class research centres, like the Centre for Molecular Therapeutics and the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. Diversify your skills as you learn from some of the finest medical research minds, contributing to research that makes a difference in the lives of remote and rural populations.

A Medical Technologist School With A Solid Foundation for Success

Experience has no substitute, and it begins with a strong foundation in theory delivered in small class sizes by caring lecturers committed to student success. Gain a comprehensive understanding of how haematology, chemical testing, and microbiology interact in real-world settings.

Be ready to work in a range of areas with your comprehensive theoretical studies in histology, molecular biology and transfusion science and experience working in teams or as an individual. Prepare for work in the real world through authentic clinically relevant training by working professionals in your final year and placement in hospital and private medical laboratories in both urban and rural and remote settings. Develop your leadership skills with a strong understanding of laboratory management, quality assurance and through practical experience in communicating to a range of audiences

Study Medical Laboratory Science and Make a Difference

Take meaningful steps to improve the future of the world and study medical laboratory science in various cultural contexts. Make a difference to vulnerable communities as you develop expertise in tropical, remote, and rural medical research and see firsthand how pathology investigation can improve the lives of Indigenous communities.

Inspire positive change through your understanding of the challenges facing Australians' health and Australia's health care systems. Learn practical skills as you study under future-focused working medical students, researchers and network with fellow students, researchers, and industry professionals. Prepare for a career with global significance through a better understanding of tropical microbes, immunobiology and epidemiological studies and genetics and genomes.

A Rewarding Career

Find solutions to complex problems with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) from JCU. Move beyond the foundational courses and learn specialised concepts of Clinical Biochemistry and histopathological techniques. Build your skills through clinical placements in the areas that interest you and then leverage those skills into a career at the forefront of diagnostic pathology.

Prepare yourself to innovate through laboratory research. Develop better interventions in private and public hospitals, or impact the health of the community as an advisor to government agencies. Build on the foundation of your medical technologist school degree with further education to enter academia and teach the next generation of scientists and researchers.

Change the Future by Studying Medical Laboratory Science

Master the advanced techniques you need to become a leading medical scientist. Build confidence in your skills through a strong theoretical foundation and practical experience, and open your future to a world of career opportunities with JCU.
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The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

Career Opportunities

JCU Medical Laboratory Science graduates are at the forefront of rapidly advancing scientific work in diagnostic pathology.

Graduates pursue careers in public and private hospitals, laboratories, clinics, and government agencies.

You could find work as a medical laboratory scientist or continue on to further study.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) [Embedded]

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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.


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:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

MI2011:03 Microbial Diversity

BC2013:03 Principles of Biochemistry

PP2101:03 Medical Physiology 1

Teaching Period 2:

BC2023:03 Molecular Genetics

PP2150:03 Introduction to Pharmacology or 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:

AT3001:03 Advanced Anatomy by Dissection

BC3201:03 Bioengineering

BM3000:03 Advanced Projects in Biomedicine

MI3071:03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

ML5305:03 Advanced Immunohaematology

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 Coursework Enrolment Policy.

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



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

63 credit points


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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 credit 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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$34,480 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

Experience has no substitute

Work placement will be the highlight of your studies with JCU. See first hand how what you learn in the classroom is applied to real-world situations.