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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Honours


Not available to international students.
Course location
Casuarina campus
Course duration
4 year/s
8 year/s
Availability for Admission
This course is available through Course Transfer only
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
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CDU Course Code


Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Honours
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Science and The Environment
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences
Design and Construction

There is no direct entry into this course, it is only available by internal course transfer.

Medical Laboratory Scientists work in a range of areas in pathology, including haematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, histology and serology. They are skilled in performing tests on both human and veterinary specimens, such as blood, tissues and bodily fluids to assist in the diagnosis of disease and provide information about the treatment options. The results of these tests provide physicians with the essential information they need to treat and prevent disease.

This professionally oriented four-year full-time course (or part-time equivalent), combines theoretical and laboratory-based study along with industry placements in world leading institutes.

Professional recognition

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) however is currently undergoing accreditation.

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  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

There is no direct entry into this course. This course is only available as an internal transfer from the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science to current students who have completed the first three years of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science with GPA >5.0. Offers may be limited and will be made on the basis of invitation and interview.

Additional admission requirements

Students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science who have successfully completed 3rd year (all compulsory common and core units totalling 240 credit points) with a GPA of credit or above (5.00) are eligible to apply to transfer however places are limited.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(24 units)
260cp Compulsory Core units totalling 260 credit points as per the list of units detailed below.

 MLS101 Haematology 1
 MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology
 SBI150 Cellular Biology
 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
 SCH101 Chemical Concepts
 HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 MLS202 Haematology 2
 MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
 MLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021)
 PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics
 SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
 SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces SCH102 from 2021)
 SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1 
 SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry
 MLS300 Cell Pathology
 MLS301 Transfusion Medicine
 PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry
 SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2
 MLS401 Laboratory Placement 1 (20 cp)
 MLS402 Laboratory Placement 2 (20 cp)
 PHM526 Research Design
 PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)

Research units
(2 units)
60cp Research units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below.

 HSC701 Research Project (30 cp) 
 HSC702 Research Thesis (30 cp) 

  320cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

2021 Course Changes and Transition Arrangements
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction has replaced HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health from 2021. Students have completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology has replaced SBI173 Microbiology from 2021 and is equivalent. Students who have completed SBI173 do not need to complete SBI182.
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare has replaced SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry from 2021. These units are not equivalent and students who have completed SCH102 need to contact the course coordinator for progression advice.
MLS283 Clinical Immunology has replaced SBI283 Immunology from 2021 and is equivalent. Students who have completed SBI283 do not need to complete MLS283.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology CO SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts CO SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces SCH102) CO
Year 2
MLS101 Haematology 1 CO MLS202 Haematology 2 CO
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO MLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021) CO
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1  CO SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry CO
Year 3
MLS300 Cell Pathology CO

MLS401 Laboratory Placement 1 (20 cp)

MLS301 Transfusion Medicine CO
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2 CO

MLS402 Laboratory Placement 2 (20 cp)

PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry CO
Year 4

HSC701 Research Project (30 cp)

R HSC702 Research Thesis (30 cp) R
PHM526 Research Design CO PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021) CO

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Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS












UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW













Direct applications are open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU or BIITE*:

  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree


*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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