Master of Laboratory Medicine

Duration2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCM18


Enhance your clinical decision-making skills, knowledge and experiences as a laboratory scientist, and open up opportunities for research or leadership within your field of expertise with CQU's Master of Laboratory Medicine. Gain advanced discipline-specific knowledge in medical laboratory science and advance your career.  

The Master of Laboratory Medicine will qualify you to work as a medical laboratory scientist. You will gain advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the clinical disciplines of laboratory medicine for application in the diagnostic setting. You will build technical and evaluative skills through laboratory and clinical training to assess and implement recommendations for best practices in patient testing and monitoring.

This course will enable you to develop an advanced level of communication skills to interact positively with patients and other health professionals ready for the clinical or scientific work environment. Clinical decision-making and problem-solving abilities are key skills for the medical laboratory scientist. You will develop clinical decision-making and problem-solving skills through experience in professional practice, clinical case studies and research opportunities.

Practical Training

Throughout your course, you will benefit from contextual learning experiences and practical training through a combination of a block practical intensive in our Rockhampton medical laboratory and two clinical placements totalling 560 hours. Travel and accommodation costs for the compulsory block practical intensive at the Rockhampton campus are provided for students admitted to the Melbourne and Sydney campuses.

Embedded Graduate Certificate in Research

As part of this course, you may also be eligible to study CQU's Graduate Certificate of Research (CL58) embedded within the course structure, providing a pathway to a Research Higher-Degree. To be eligible to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Research, you must have clinical experience in a diagnostic pathology laboratory and will need to arrange a meeting with the Head of Course to confirm your eligibility, the scope of the project and the supervisory team prior to contacting the School of Graduate Research for enrolment. 


The first year of this course is offered in a full-time mode only, while the second year can be completed in a full-time or part-time mode by domestic students.

Career Opportunities

A Medical Laboratory Scientist is a health professional who conducts medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They require specialised education and skills to prepare tissue sections for microscopic examination, analyse samples to study the effects of microbial infections and develop techniques to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. A Medical Laboratory Scientist has a degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process through the provision of advice to Medical Practitioners on the interpretation of tests, methods for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. They can undertake research and prepare scientific papers and reports. They ensure quality management processes and safety standards are followed in medical laboratories and undertake research in their area of expertise. Communication skills and exemplary professional attitude are all critical to success in this field.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete a total of 15 units.

Unit information

For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer. 

Advanced Standing:

Students will be eligible for advanced standing and be required to complete 1 year of study (48 credit points) to complete the Master of Laboratory Medicine if they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants with a 4-year AIMS-accredited Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 1 year of postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Applicants with a 3-year AIMS-accredited Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 2 years postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Applicants with a non-accredited degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 5 years of postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Applicants must prove this academic experience and work experience to gain recognition of prior learning of the first-year units and LMED29008. 

Visit the Handbook to view the study plan for students entering the course on advanced standing. 

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Melbourne, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2024Melbourne, Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

You will be required to attend a block practical intensive at the Rockhampton campus. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for those students admitted at the Melbourne and Sydney campuses.
Clinical Placement 2 - LMED29012

350 hours (10 weeks) of work placement at a NATA-approved diagnostic pathology laboratory. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity.

Clinical Placement 1 - LMED29008

210 hours (6 weeks) of work placement at a NATA-approved diagnostic pathology laboratory. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity.


Recommended study

A 3 year Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution that includes foundational Human Biology and Chemistry.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:

  • A completed 3 year Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree in a Health, Medical or Biomedical discipline.

Applications will also be assessed in regard to content in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics. Foundational supplementary content will be available in these fields in the 1st year of study to support learning experiences. 


English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) with an overall band score of at least 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each subset, or
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet Based only with an overall score of at least 79, with no sub-score less than 21, or
  • A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with an overall band score of 62 with no communication score less than 54, or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.


Advanced Standing

Some applicants may be eligible for a shorter course duration of 1 year (48 credit point or 8 units equivalent), please refer to the More Details section for further information.

The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course. 

Mandatory health requirements include immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, and Tuberculosis screening. Additional vaccinations and screening are subject to the site or state health authority.  

Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) may also be required if on clinical placement where interaction with minors (<18 years) is likely.  

Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, fitness to participate in WIL student declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules. 

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$28,860

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$30,600

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

  • Indicative fees for Graduate Certificate courses are based on studying four units in an academic year.
  • Indicative fees for Graduate Diploma and Master courses are based on studying eight units in an academic year. 


Fee Category Full fee paying place
What is a Full Fee Paying Place As a full fee-paying student, you are required to pay full tuition fees for your course.
Fee Type Tuition Fees
What is my tuition fee?

Your tuition fees are charged per unit of study based on the credit point value of each unit. Our Tuition Fee Schedules provide an estimate of fees per unit. You can also view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

FEE-HELP and payment options

FEE-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees through a loan. Eligible students can use a FEE-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their tuition fees. If you elect to use a FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your tuition fees and repay your FEE-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

You must meet specific eligibility requirements to be able to use FEE-HELP assistance. If you are not eligible for a FEE-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your tuition fees upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

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