Course details

CRICOS course code: 076173F

Level of study: Undergraduate

Summary

This degree was the first of its kind in Queensland and is taught by registered industry professionals with established careers working in pathology laboratories. Your learning will extend beyond one area of practice and incorporate all areas of clinical pathology including haematology, transfusion science, cytology and immunology. Professionals with knowledge across the spectrum have extended career opportunities and our graduates are successful in securing positions nationally and overseas.

During this course, you will complete a 12-week professional placement where you will work alongside practising medical scientists and clinical researchers in accredited pathology labs and research facilities. You will be encouraged to identify graduate opportunities and choose an elective in an area that complements your career aspirations—in pharmacology, business studies, Indigenous and public health, or research techniques and methods, for example.

Hands-on experiences in the Q Block laboratories at Gardens Point begin during first semester of first year, and are embedded throughout the course. We are recognised for delivering graduates who are confident with advanced techniques and able to conduct experiments to a professional standard.

Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on human and veterinary specimens including blood, bodily fluids, stool, urine, tissue biopsies and more. They are skilled in interpreting and analysing these specimens to identify blood diseases, viruses and parasites, immunity disorders, evidence of toxins and poisons, genetic mutations, plus much more. The results of these tests are then used by health professionals to diagnose 100 per cent of cancers as well as contribute to 70 per cent of all clinical decisions including choice of treatment.

Highlights

Explore specialised concepts in biochemistry, haematology, transfusion and transplantation science, microbiology, pathology, immunology, cytogenetic and molecular pathology, histopathological techniques, quantitative medical science, quality assurance systems, and health informatics.
Gain practical experience in our teaching laboratories using equipment and analysers used in industry practice.
In your final year undertake a semester-long work integrated learning internship in a recognised laboratory.
Longest running course of its kind in South-East Queensland where graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Career outcomes

Medical laboratory scientists work in the pathology industry, generally in hospitals or public and private laboratories. There is an increasing demand for graduates in growth areas such as fertility services. Graduates of this course may choose a role where they perform tests across all areas, specialise in an area of particular interest or complete postgraduate studies for a career in research. QUT graduates are currently researching in cancer biology, malaria, eye disease, stem cell therapies, transfusion science and infectious disease.

Possible careers

Biochemist
Cytologist
Hospital Scientist
Medical Scientist
Microbiologist
Molecular Diagnostics
Pathology Scientist
Research Scientist

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 42,300 Per Year
Start date: 27 February 2023
Duration: 4 years
Study mode: Full time
Address

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Gardens Point Campus
2 George Street Brisbane Queensland 4000
Australia

Entry criteria

  • Foundation Program Year completed at an Australian University with a final overall grade average of 4.5 (on a 7 point scale) and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Intensive Program with a grade average of at least 4.4 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Foundation Program with a grade average of at least 4.4 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Diploma program with a grade point average of at least 4.0 out of 7; and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).

Subject prerequisites

  • Chemistry
  • Maths B

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 6; TOEFL iBT score of 79 with Listening, Reading score of 16, Writing score of 21 and Speaking score of 18; Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 58 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 50; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 176 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 169.

Address

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Gardens Point Campus
2 George Street Brisbane Queensland 4000
Australia