Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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.


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.


  • Medical laboratory science

Standard 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Casuarina International: $126,240
  • ATAR: 61
Yes No information available

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.

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