Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is a four year full-time (or part-time equivalent) course. It features work-integrated learning, laboratory-based work, industry placements and scholarships.

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is designed to prepare students for a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Study areas

First year

Second year

Third year

  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Haematology
  • Histology
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Clinical microbiology
  • Cell pathology

Students learn about clinical applications, including blood cross-matching, identifying infectious organisms and investigating cellular, chemical and toxicological abnormalities, in a professional placement setting.

Placements will be undertaken in approved diagnostic and research laboratories in Darwin, remote and rural areas.

Student representatives

Brenna Schroeder - Bachelor of Psychological Science
Melissa Bridge - Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Email any concerns or issues about your course for the Student Representatives to put forward at the Learning and Teaching Committee meetings.

Download the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science brochure (PDF 1.4MB).

Medical Laboratory Science is a discipline area that has identified a national work force shortage.

Graduates of the course will have the core knowledge and skills required to work in all key areas of a diagnostic pathology laboratory, medical research, and the medical or allied health care profession.

Medical laboratory scientists also undertake research into the causes and treatments of disease, and to improve the reliability and efficiency of tests used in disease detection. 

Graduates are employed in fields including:

  • Diagnostic pathology
  • Forensic pathology
  • Research laboratories and health management
  • Within public health departments
  • Red Cross Blood Service
  • Educational institutes and the pharmaceutical industry.

A number of scholarships are available through Charles Darwin University. Visit CDU scholarships for more information.

Charles Darwin University offers three postgraduate degrees suitable for students interested in pursuing a research career in medical or laboratory science.

Course coordinator

Dr Natalie Milic
T: 08 8946 6036