Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

James Cook University JCU

This program introduces students to the study of the normal functioning of the human body and to the pathological processes that occur in the diseased state. The study of biomedical sciences is the core component of the first three years. Detailed studies of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry lead to examinations of immunology, clinical biochemistry, pathobiology, haematology, microbiology and histology/cytology. The course also covers the core professional principles of laboratory management and quality assurance.

Course Fee:

International: $137,920

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; English (Unit 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C). Recommended: Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics (Units 3/4,C). Students must provide evidence of a current First Aid/CPR certificate and immunity to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies.


96 credit points. There are 3 months of clinical placement in the final year in regional hospitals and private pathology laboratories which may include laboratories in Papua New Guinea.

Subjects you can Study:

Medical laboratory science

Study Pathways:


Further information:

If students identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist students in their pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP). International student visa-holders must not enrol in more than a third of the total credit points for the course in online, distance or external study.


Australian Institute of Medical Scientists

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Medical Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Townsville No info No Part time 8 years
Townsville No info No Full time 4 years

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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