Explore the world of disease in the heart of Murdoch’s health precinct as you develop skills in the handling of patient material, laboratory testing and analysing clinical results.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of disease as you build a strong foundation for your future career in Laboratory Medicine.
Clinical terminology like haematology (the study and treatment of blood), immunology (the study of the immune system and how our bodies protect us from pathogens), histopathology (the study of how disease causes changes in tissues) and molecular pathology (the examination of molecules within organs, tissues and fluids) will become part of your professional vocabulary as you develop skills in the handling of patient material and laboratory testing to guide medical decision making.
Laboratory Medicine is a four-year course in which you can pursue a specific area of interest by selecting one of three streams – Biomedical Science, Genetics and Molecular Biology or Forensic Biology and Toxicology. In the fourth year, you will also take part in Murdoch's Work Integrated Learning, which allows you to apply your knowledge in a workplace environment.
7 reasons to study Laboratory Medicine at Murdoch
- Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
*Source:Good Universities Guide 2020.
- You’ll study in a major health precinct including three hospitals and a medical research institute.
- You’ll learn from lecturers who are making a real-word impact with their research and have extensive experience in laboratory medicine.
- Prepare for the workforce or further study with the inclusion of cutting-edge advances in modern diagnostic science.
- Learn on the latest instrumentation as part of our extensive hands-on practical training, including industry placements within diagnostic pathology laboratories.
- If you’re aiming to study postgraduate medicine (or other medically-related vocations), you’ll be well prepared to apply when you finish this course.
- You will have honours and higher research opportunities both on and off campus thanks to our strong links to Perth’s medical research institutes.
What you’ll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- clinical microbiology
- clinical biochemistry
- clinical haematology
- pathological basis of disease
- diagnostic genomics.
Your future career
Pursue a range of roles in public or private diagnostic pathology, research or working in laboratories as a technician. You could also explore the fields of medical and life science research, marketing, media and academia, or take on further studies in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary science.
Careers could include:
- Medical Scientist
- Technical Officer
- Laboratory Technician
- Research Scientist
- Medical Representative.
This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus
- Not available (Domestic students)
- Not available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
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Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Sorry, this course does not accept admissions for commencement in Semester 2. Please consider starting your studies in Semester 1 of the following year.
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