Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)
James Cook University - Townsville

Course outline

This course has a strong clinical focus and prepares students for careers in medical laboratory science through the study and understanding of the normal functions of the human body and the mechanisms of disease. Years one and two include foundation studies of anatomy, physiology, microbiology and biochemistry. In year 3, students study pathology, laboratory management and quality assurance. Final year clinical studies in haematology, transfusion medicine, clinical biochemistry, clinical microbiology, and histology help students develop skills to make independent, evidence-based decisions that inform other health practitioners. In final year, students undertake clinical placements throughout Australia or internationally. The course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. For most current course information, visit Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours) at JCU.

Combined diploma/degrees

Refer to entry for: D Higher Education (Health)/B Medical Laboratory Science (Hons).

Other requirements

Students in fourth year participate in three months of clinical placement in a regional medical laboratory, which may include laboratories in Papua New Guinea. Students must provide evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicellla, and pertussis within the first teaching period of their studies, and hold current Provide First Aid and CPR certificates. Students must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A Suitability Card and Australian Federal Police check may be required; refer to institution.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C); Chemistry (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

Recommended study
One of Biology, Health, Physical Education or Physics (Units 3 and 4, C)
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Career opportunities

Laboratory scientist in public hospitals, private medical pathology laboratories or veterinary diagnostic laboratories, food and water microbiology, pharmaceutical industry.


Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds
CSP/$7950 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

4 years Full time or 8 years Part time