Laboratory Medicine

Diagnosis and disease management

Diagnosis and disease managementLaboratory Medicine uncovers the intriguing world of disease and medical diagnosis.  It allows you to become skilled in clinical testing, handling patient material and analysing results in a variety of areas, including haematology, immunology, microbiology, histopathology, molecular pathology and biochemistry.

Professionals working in Laboratory Medicine are employed in both the public and private sectors at hospitals and pathology laboratories.

The Australian Government predicts future growth in laboratory medicine careers will be high and this degree can also act as a foundation for careers in life science research, marketing, media and academia, plus graduate studies in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary science.

Typical tasks that graduates would perform: Current typical job titles include:
  • Examining and analysing medical samples to check for disease states
  • Advising medical practioners on  the interpretation of medical tests for use in diagnosis and treatment
  • Preparing patient samples for analysis and tissue sections for microscopic examination
  • Operating and maintaining laboratory equipment
  • Setting up steps and guidelines for medical laboratory testing
  • Conducting medical research
  • Preparing medical reports and scientific papers 
  • Medical Technicians
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Science Technicians
  • Internal Medicine Specialist
  • Life Scientists
  • Medical Researcher
  • Medical Representative
  • Medical Technologist
  • Research Scientist

LaboratoryMedicine .jpgEngage in a career before you graduate

Through studying Laboratory Medicine at Murdoch you will gain in-depth knowledge and skills and learn to diagnose disease in a clinical laboratory setting.

You will take part in our professional experience program, which involves practical industry placements within clinical pathology laboratories, ensuring that you graduate job-ready.

You will learn from lecturers who are leaders in their fields, and who are currently making a real-word impact with their research.  Murdoch has recently been ranked well above world standard in Clinical Sciences and Medical Microbiology and above world standard in Immunology and Genetics.

We are proud to be one of six universities making up the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group, focusing on translational research that has a real-world impact.

You will benefit from our location in the vibrant health and research precinct, which includes Fiona Stanley and St John of God Hospitals, PathWest South, Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research

South, Centre for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, WA Centre for Thrombosis and Haemostasis the Murdoch Animal Hospital, State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, and the Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility.

You will also benefit from our national award-winning team of Student Advisors, supporting you in your transition to Murdoch and throughout your degree.

Future proof your degree

Laboratory Medicine is a four year course that requires completion of a specific three year double major, comprising Clinical Laboratory Science and either Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, or Forensic Biology and Toxicology.

The increasing use of DNA and other molecules in medical diagnosis makes a double major with Molecular Biology an excellent fit, as it will prepare you for careers in molecular research and Biotechnology.

A double major with Biomedical Science is a strong combination that provides breadth and flexibility in terms of a career in medical diagnosis or medical research.

A double major with Forensic Biology and Toxicology is a powerful combination that enhances employment prospects, with forensic analytical techniques complementing those used in medical diagnosis.

A Science degree majoring in Laboratory Medicine presents a world of opportunity in a key growth area. It is best to start with an open mind and look for specialty areas that interest you while you do your degree and pave your own journey. The double major requirement aids career options and enhances graduate skills. A diagnosis and research stream is offered which is unique and allows you to tailor your degree as you study. And although the focus is on human diagnosis, a comparative animal component can be incorporated if you are interested in veterinary diagnosis. Choosing Laboratory Medicine is a great beginning, but remember it’s up to you to decide where you take your degree.

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