Undergraduate major

Laboratory Medicine

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.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

MJ-LAB

Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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World leading research

Our research in clinical sciences and medical microbiology is ranked well above world-standard, and immunology and genetics above world standard. 1

Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

You’ll study in the heart of the Murdoch health precinct, which includes 3 hospitals and a medical research institute.

Grow your industry connections

Interact with researchers and scientists, with strong industry links, from Murdoch's world-class research centres.

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Overview

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.

3 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 2021.
  • You’ll study in a major health precinct including three hospitals and a medical research institute.
  • Learn on the latest instrumentation as part of our extensive hands-on practical training, including industry placements within diagnostic pathology laboratories.

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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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