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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

University of South Australia
Length: 4 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Location: Adelaide
Language: English

Program Description

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine UniSAThe Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia prepares students for careers as medical scientists (pathology). Medical scientists play a vital role in health care by supporting medical practitioners in the diagnosis and management of disease, conducting research into the causes and cures for disease, and developing improved tests for disease detection.

The Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine offers students experience in the various specialisation areas of Laboratory Medicine that underpin modern medical practice. Students undertake a full year of professional practice in clinical settings (taken in two 13-week blocks) to gain 'real world' experience and knowledge in the operations and functions of diagnostic pathology and biomedical research laboratories.

Students study all major disciplines of pathology including biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, molecular pathology, haematology and histopathology. A comprehensive coverage of the natural and biomedical sciences is provided in the first two years of the program.

The third and fourth years of the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine serve to consolidate and strengthen knowledge and skills through instruction and practical experience in the major clinical disciplines in pathology. This takes place in modern, purpose-built facilities on campus and in the workplace as part of the year-long professional practice component.

Through these studies, students learn the theory and develop the skills required to perform a range of diagnostic tests including cross-matching for blood transfusions, identifying the organisms that cause infections and food poisoning, screening for cancer cells and detecting genes responsible for disease conditions. Students of the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine also learn how to examine blood for any changes in its composition or function, and monitor levels of blood chemicals including sugar, electrolytes, pH, metabolites, toxins, drugs, hormones and proteins.

Honours - An Honours stream, which replaces the one year of professional practice, is available to students achieving a credit level average over the first two-and-a-half years of the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine. Students entering the Honours stream undertake medical research and are required to complete a program of prescribed reading, seminars, lectures and a major research project. Students who successfully complete the Honours stream will be awarded the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine with Honours.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia are:

-proficiency in English, demonstrated by (for non-native English speakers) IELTS test scores

-have ONE of the following qualifications:

Qualified for SACE and;

  • completed 200 credits of subjects;
  • achieved a grade of C- or better in the Personal Learning Plan, 20 credits of literacy; 10 credits of numeracy and the Research Project at Stage 2;
  • achieved a grade C- or better in an additional 60 credits at Stage 2; and
  • obtained a competitive ATAR;

AND have the following pre-requisite:


  • SACE Stage 2 Chemistry


  • completed the equivalent secondary education qualifications as required for University entry under SACE and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, obtaining a minimum score of 24 points and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • completed or partly completed a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • completed at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at the appropriate level and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • completed an award from TAFE or from another registered training organisation at AQF Diploma level or above and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements;
  • qualified for Special Entry and fulfilled any prerequisite requirements
  • completed the Health Sciences stream of the University Foundation Studies program.

This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:

Degree & diploma

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

Further Information

A medical scientist should be inquisitive and have an analytical mind, as well as possess the practical knowledge and skills to carry out the work required. As their work has a vital bearing on the welfare of patients, the tests that medical scientists perform must be accurate and completely reliable. Thus medical scientists need to have the appropriate testing skills developed to a very high level, and the ability to absorb, connect and integrate information from various sources.

Medical scientists also use a range of intricate and sophisticated equipment, so a certain amount of manual dexterity is needed to conduct laboratory work effectively.

Medical scientists are continually increasing their understanding of disease mechanisms, so an interest in developing and applying newly researched techniques is also important. Overall, a desire to improve the health of people in the community is paramount.

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine is fully accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), and graduates are entitled to Graduate Membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB).

Who will employ me?

Laboratory Medicine is a dynamic profession with excellent long-term career prospects not only in disease diagnostics but also management, research, education and specialised laboratory work.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine can be employed in a range of areas including diagnostic pathology, research laboratories, forensic pathology, public health departments, health management, universities and other educational institutions, veterinary medicine, reference laboratories, product manufacturing or the pharmaceutical industry.

Graduates may also find opportunities to pursue careers interstate or even overseas. Major local employers include Healthscope Pathology, Clinpath, Adelaide Pathology Partners (APP), IMVS Pathology, Women`s and Children`s Hospital, SouthPath, Abbott Pathology and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Tuition & fees

The tuition fee for the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Australia is $23,500 AUD per year.

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