The Master of Medical Laboratory Science is a new course that will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and workplace experience to work in diagnostic pathology and assist with diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. You will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of haematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, anatomical pathology and serology.
Graduates may work in areas such as diagnostic pathology, research, forensics science as well as health management, public health departments, educational institutes and the pharmaceutical industry.
All graduates will be eligible to apply directly to AIMS for professional recognition.
Non-Commonwealth supported places
International tuition fees
The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2020 is AUD $33,144.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, 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.
This course is currently in the qualifying phase of accreditation with the Australian Institute of medical scientists (AIMS), however graduates are eligible to apply for membership with AIMS.
Credit transfers & 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
English Language Requirements for International Students
For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.
How to Apply
International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.
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 9.
For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:
The Master in Laboratory Medicine comprises of core units and an elective. Core units include diagnostic haematology, pathology, clinical chemistry, bacteriology, mycology, virology and parasitology and transfusion. You will undertake two professional placements in diagnostic, forensic and world leading research laboratories within Darwin.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
|Unit type||Credit Points||Specific requirements|
|150cp||Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:
MLS101 Haematology 1
|10cp||Specialist Elective units totalling 10 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:|
|160cp||Total 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.
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.
Full-time Study Plan
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit||SE = Specialist Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|MLS101 Haematology 1||CO||MLS502 Diagnostic Haematology||CO|
|MLS245 Medical Biochemistry||CO||SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry||CO|
|MLS582 Bacteriology||CO||PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics||CO|
|Specialist Elective||SE||PHM553 Biostatistics||CO|
|MLS500 Anatomical Pathology||CO||MLS600 Laboratory Placement 1 (20cp)||CO|
|MLS512 Mycology, Virology & Parasitology||CO||MLS610 Laboratory Placement 2 (20cp)||CO|
|MLS511 Clinical Chemistry||CO|