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4 year/s full-time
8 year/s part-time
4 year/s full-time


Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No


Casuarina campus
Casuarina campus

Credit points required


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The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Honours qualifies you to work as a medical laboratory scientist in a range of areas in pathology, including haematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, histology and serology.

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.

This course is recognised by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Graduates enjoy employment opportunities in the identification and diagnosis of disease and pathogens, medical research, forensic pathology, public health and the pharmaceutical industry, both within Australia and Internationally.

You'll graduate ready to perform 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, monitor and prevent disease.

Students will require a GPA of >5.0 to complete the research option and places will be limited.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Graduates of this course will be eligible to apply directly to AIMS for professional recognition.


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.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

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

Course structure

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements

Core Units
(25 units)











290cp - 310cp











Compulsory Core units totalling 290 - 310 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
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)

Plus either:
Professional Research Project Option
In order to complete the research option, students will require a GPA of >5.0
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
HSC701 Research Project (30 cp) 
HSC702 Research Thesis (30 cp)
Professional Practice Experience Option(60cp)
MLS410 Professional Practice Consolidation
MLS411 Laboratory Placement 3 (20 cp)
MLS415 Laboratory Placement 4 (20 cp)
PHM526 Research Design OR PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact

Specialist Electives
(1 unit)

Specialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points selected from the units detailed below.

HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health
SWK102 Communication Skills

(0 - 2 units)
0 - 20cp

For students undertaking the Professional Practice Experience Option ONLY.

Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University

 320cpTotal 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.

2022 Course Changes and Transition Arrangements

Students enrolled prior to 2022 should note the following course structure changes.

  • HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction has been moved from a core unit to a specialist elective.
  • A Research Option and Professional Practice Option have been added to the core.
  • Students electing to undertaking the Professional Practice Option will need to complete 2 elective units.

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 UnitSE = Specialist Elective


Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
MLS110 Introduction to Diagnostic PathologyCOSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
SBI150 Cellular BiologyCOSBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological StudiesCO
SCH101 Chemical ConceptsCOSpecialist Elective (HSC220 or HSC203 or SWK102)SE
Year 2
MLS101 Haematology 1COMLS202 Haematology 2CO
SBI241 Pathophysiology for Healthcare (replaces SCH102)COPHA214 Biotechnology and PharmacogenomicsCO
MLS245 Medical BiochemistryCOMLS283 Clinical Immunology (replaces SBI283 from 2021)CO
SBI282 Clinical Microbiology 1 COSBI284 Histology and HistochemistryCO
Year 3
MLS300 Cell PathologyCO

MLS401 Laboratory Placement 1 (20 cp)

MLS301 Transfusion MedicineCO
SBI302 Clinical Microbiology 2CO

MLS402 Laboratory Placement 2 (20 cp)

PHA311 Clinical BiochemistryCO
Year 4 - Research Option
HSC701 Research Project (30 cp)COHSC702 Research Thesis (30 cp)CO
PHM526 Research DesignCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)CO
Year 4 - Professional Practice Option
MLS411 Laboratory Placement 3 (20 cp)COMLS415 Laboratory Placement 4 (20 cp)CO
MLS410 Professional Practice ConsolidationCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact or Elective 1CO/E
PHM526 Research Design or Elective 1CO/EElective 2E

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

*After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Additional admission requirements

In order to complete the research major, students will require a GPA of >5.0; places will be limited and require communication with the course coordinator for specific details.

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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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Assumed knowledge

Stage 2 Chemistry or equivalent

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Course details


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.

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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Honours
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health, Science, Environmental Science and Management

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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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.

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UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Casuarina campus

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