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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Honours


Course location
Casuarina Campus
Course Duration
4 year/s
8 year/s
Availability for Admission
This course is available through Course Transfer only
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 is recognised by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

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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)

Course structure

  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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
 SBI173 Microbiology
 SCH101 Chemical Concepts
 SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
 HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health
 MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
 MLS202 Haematology 2
 PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics
 SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1 
 SBI283 Immunology
 SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry
 SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
 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 Health Research Skills

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.


Study plan

  • 2021 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2020.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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 SBI173 Microbiology CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts CO SBI283 Immunology CO
Year 2
MLS101 Haematology 1 CO MLS202 Haematology 2 CO
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health  CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies 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 Health Research Skills 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.

2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2021: Information about fees and charges for 2021 are not yet available however will be published prior to 1 December 2020.

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 for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU:

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


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

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


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There is no application fee when you apply online.

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