Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

This vocational and professionally oriented degree combines theoretical and laboratory-based study along with industry placement in quiet and world leading institutions. Graduates from the program will have a globally recognised, professional accredited qualification that will provide them with employment opportunities in the identification and diagnosis of disease and pathogens, medical research, forensic pathology, public health and the pharmaceutical industry around the world. The course combines three years of study in CDU's modern accredited laboratories, with a year of varied, challenging and rewarding placements in a diverse range of settings (health care, veterinary care, forensic laboratories and research laboratories), that will provide students with the knowledge and skills to secure employment in professions with identified shortages and excellent career prospects.

Course Fee:

International: $126,240

Entry Requirements:

NTCET or equivalent (Year 12) and an ATAR of 60 or higher; or Certificate IV or above; or STAT score of 135 or greater; or submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience; or 6 months of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma; or completion of 40 credit points in the Preparation for Tertiary Study Program (ZTEP01), the Preparation for Tertiary Success (ZPTS11 or ZPTS21), or other recognised tertiary preparation course.


Students are required to complete 320 credit points. In the first year, students study chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and cell biology and genetics. The second year will include biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, haematology, histology, histochemistry and biotechnology. In their third and fourth years, students will study transfusion medicine, clinical biochemistry, microbiology and cell pathology before learning about various clinical applications across health care veterinary care and forensic science. The final year of the program is focused on clinical placements in diagnostic and research laboratories both in Darwin and across the Northern Territory, with possible options of placements in world leading research laboratories.

Subjects you can Study:

Medical laboratory science

Further information:

Students must have cleared a Police Check before they can undertake any placements. Placements will be undertaken in approved diagnostic and research laboratories both in Darwin and rural/remote areas. Assumed Knowledge: Stage 2 Chemistry or equivalent.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Medical Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Casuarina No info Yes Full time 4 years
Casuarina No info Yes Part time 8 years
Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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