In the first year, you will study foundation sciences providing you with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the subsequent years. The second year includes biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, haematology, histology and biotechnology.
In third year, you will study transfusion medicine, clinical biochemistry, clinical microbiology and cell pathology, gaining the required knowledge and skills of the major disciplines of a diagnostic laboratory, before commencing clinical placements in diagnostic, forensic and world leading research laboratories within Darwin in your fourth year.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
||Compulsory Core units totalling 290 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 (20cp)
MLS402 Laboratory Placement 2 (20cp)
MLS411 Laboratory Placement 3 (20cp)
MLS415 Laboratory Placement 4 (20cp)
MLS410 Professional Practice Consolidation
||Elective units totalling 30 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University
||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 (previous title Bioscience for Healthcare Practice) has replaced SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry from 2021. Students who have completed SCH102 count this as an elective unit and must also complete SBI241.
MLS283 Clinical Immunology has replaced SBI283 Immunology from 2021 and is equivalent. Students who have completed SBI283 do not need to complete MLS283.