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Key details

Duration

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

Intake

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

Locations

Casuarina campus
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

160

Course code

SMLSC1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Assist in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. Our Master of Medical Laboratory Science provides you with the knowledge, skills and workplace experience to work in diagnostic pathology.

You will also gain knowledge and skills in the areas of haematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, anatomical pathology and serology.

Our Medical Laboratory Science degree will qualify you to work in areas such as diagnostic pathology, research, forensics science and health management for public health departments, educational institutes and the pharmaceutical industry.

Professional recognition

All graduates of this course are eligible to apply directly to Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) for professional recognition.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $33,144.00. This equates to $4,143.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to upskill in the field of healthcare. Advance your career with CDU's wide range of postgraduate health courses to develop specialist skills and knowledge that help you transition into leadership roles.

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance
Stephen Kho - Public Health Research

Why study a health course 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 university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance

What will I study?

Our Master in Laboratory Medicine comprises 160 credit points made up of core units and an elective. Core units include haematology, histology and histochemistry, biotechnology and pharmacogenomics, anatomical pathology, diagnostic haematology, pathophysiology, clinical chemistry, bacteriology, mycology, virology and parasitology, immunohaematology, research design, and research, ethics and impact. You will undertake two professional placements in diagnostic, forensic and world leading research laboratories within Darwin.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(14 units)
160cpCompulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

MLS101 Haematology 1
SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry*
PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics
MLS500 Anatomical Pathology
MLS501 Immunohaematology
MLS502 Diagnostic Haematology
MLS511 Clinical Chemistry
MLS512 Mycology, Virology & Parasitology
MLS582 Bacteriology
PHM526 Research Design (added from 2021)
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (added from 2021)
SBI541 Pathophysiology (new - added from 2022)
MLS600 Professional Placement 1 (20cp)
MLS610 Professional Placement 2 (20cp)
 

 160cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

*Due to existing pre-requisite requirements, students in the SMLSC1 will need to seek manual enrolment for SBI284 and MLS245 by submitting a Special Enrolment eForm.

2022 Course Changes and Transition Arrangements

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

  • SBI541 Pathophysiology has been added as a core unit
  • The 10 credit point specialist elective requirement has been removed

Students enrolled prior to 2022 and who have already completed a specialist elective should not complete the new core unit SBI541.
Students enrolled prior to 2022 and who have not already completed a specialist elective should complete the new core unit SBI541 instead.

The following specialist elective requirements have been removed from the course structure.

Specialist Electives
(1 unit)
10cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 10 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

 PHM516 Indigenous Health 
 PHM523 Health Promotion
 PHM519 Clinical Trials and Other Intervention Studies (replaces PHM524 from 2021)
 PHM552 Epidemiology
 PHM592 Global Health

2021 Course Changes and Transition Arrangements

From 2021 the following core units are no longer required - see transition arrangements below:
MLS245 Medical Biochemistry* (no longer required)
PHM553 Biostatistics (no longer required)

MLS245 Medical Biochemistry has been removed from the course structure. Students that have completed MLS245 need to contact the course coordinator for progression advice.
PHM553 Biostatistics has been removed from the course structure. Students that have completed PHM553 can count this as a specialist elective unit. Students who have already completed a specialist elective unit should contact the course coordinator for progression advice.
PHM526 Research Design and PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact have been added and are required core units.
 

Study plan


Students Commencing Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to 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:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

Semester 1 - Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
MLS101 Haematology 1COMLS502 Diagnostic HaematologyCO
PHM526 Research Design (replaces MLS245)COSBI284 Histology and Histochemistry CO
MLS582 BacteriologyCOPHA214 Biotechnology and PharmacogenomicsCO
SBI541 Pathophysiology COPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (replaces PHM553)CO
Year 2
MLS500 Anatomical PathologyCOMLS600 Laboratory Placement 1 (20cp)CO
MLS501 ImmunohaematologyCO
MLS512 Mycology, Virology & ParasitologyCOMLS610 Laboratory Placement 2 (20cp)CO
MLS511 Clinical ChemistryCO

Semester 1 - Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
MLS101 Haematology 1COPHA214 Biotechnology and PharmacogenomicsCO
MLS582 BacteriologyCOSBI284 Histology and HistochemistryCO
Year 2
PHM526 Research Design (replaces MLS245)COMLS502 Diagnostic HaematologyCO
SBI541 Pathophysiology COPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (replaces PHM553)CO
Year 3
MLS501 ImmunohaematologyCOMLS600 Laboratory Placement 1 (20cp)CO
MLS511 Clinical ChemistryCO
Year 4
MLS500 Anatomical PathologyCOMLS610 Laboratory Placement 2 (20cp)CO
MLS512 Mycology, Virology & ParasitologyCO

Students Commencing Semester 2 - Part-time only

Note - due to unit availability this course is only available part-time if commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard part-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to 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:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

Semester 2 - Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Calendar Year 1
  PHA214 Biotechnology and PharmacogenomicsCO
  SBI284 Histology and HistochemistryCO
Calendar Year 2
MLS101 Haematology 1COMLS502 Diagnostic HaematologyCO
MLS582 BacteriologyCOPHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (replaces PHM553)CO
Calendar Year 3
MLS511 Clinical ChemistryCOMLS600 Laboratory Placement 1 (20cp)CO
PHM526 Research Design (replaces MLS245)CO
SBI541 Pathophysiology CO  
Calendar Year 4
MLS500 Anatomical PathologyCOMLS610 Laboratory Placement 2 (20cp)CO
MLS501 ImmunohaematologyCO
MLS512 Mycology, Virology & ParasitologyCO  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree in biomedical or medical health disciplines, with studies in Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics.

Due to professional recognition, applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science undergraduate degree are not eligible for entry into this course.

Essential requirements

A criminal history check will be required before undertaking any placements.

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 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with 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: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

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

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Master of Medical Laboratory Science
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health

Contact details

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

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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SATAC

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

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

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Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM607
873260
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101690

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