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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Medical Laboratory Science


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Casuarina campus
Course Duration
2 year/s
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
Semester 1
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Master of Medical Laboratory Science
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Science and The Environment
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences
Design and Construction

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.

Career opportunities

Graduates may work in a range of areas such as diagnostic pathology, research, forensics science as well as health management, public health departments, educational institutes and the pharmaceutical industry.

Professional recognition

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) however is currently undergoing accreditation.

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

Credit transfer

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

International applications

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.

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)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree in biomedical or medical health disciplines.

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

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 Module A 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 Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A 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:


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

Course structure

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 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(13 units)
150cp Compulsory Core units totalling 80 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)
MLS600 Professional Placement 1 (20cp)
MLS610 Professional Placement 2 (20cp)

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

Specialist Electives
(1 unit)
10cp Specialist 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

  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.

2021 Course Changes and Transition Arrangements
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.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
MLS101 Haematology 1 CO MLS502 Diagnostic Haematology CO
PHM526 Research Design (replaces MLS245) CO SBI284 Histology and Histochemistry  CO
MLS582 Bacteriology CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
Specialist Elective  SE PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (replaces PHM553) CO
Year 2
MLS500 Anatomical Pathology CO MLS600 Laboratory Placement 1 (20cp) CO
MLS501 Immunohaematology CO
MLS512 Mycology, Virology & Parasitology CO MLS610 Laboratory Placement 2 (20cp) CO
MLS511 Clinical Chemistry CO


Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2021 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.

Domestic students - postgraduate 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.





Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.


To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

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To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.


Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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