Course details

CRICOS course code: 074926G

Level of study: Undergraduate


Your career as a medical laboratory scientist

Medical laboratory scientists play a critical role in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, working as part of a team with doctors, pathologists, scientists, technicians and laboratory assistants.

Graduate with the skills for a career essential to healthcare around the world.

When you graduate with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) from RMIT you will be qualified to practise as a medical laboratory scientist.

Work-ready skills and experience

An emphasis on laboratory and practical work experience will make you job-ready when you graduate. You will undertake in-depth and hands-on laboratory work in modern, purpose-built facilities. You will also gain real-world experience with two semesters of industry work placement.

A springboard for your career

This degree will equip you with everything you need to work as a medical scientist, giving you an advantage with employers. But the journey does not have to end when you graduate. This qualification gives you an excellent foundation for further study in laboratory medicine, or for other qualifications and careers in medicine
and healthcare.

What you will study

This course provides you with the knowledge, skills, experience and accreditation needed to practice as a qualified medical laboratory scientist.

Clinical discipline streams:

Clinical biochemistry
Anatomical Pathology
Medical microbiology
Transfusions and transplantation science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) is a four-year course with a clinical placement providing you with work-ready skills and experience in diagnostic pathology.

The course is aligned with both Australian Institute of Medical Science (AIMS) and IBMS accreditation.

RMIT is the only Victorian university to offer all of the following majors including haematology, transfusions and transplantation science, anatomical pathology, medical microbiology and clinical biochemistry.

You’ll have flexibility in choosing your major disciplines and will also complete a major clinical placement, providing you with work-ready skills and practical experience.

In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to study a discipline-focused laboratory medicine project to develop your research skills. Graduates are qualified as medical scientists and play a vital role in the healthcare system.


It's estimated that up to 70% of clinical decisions made by doctors are based on information provided by medical laboratory scientists.

Laboratory medicine is the science of pathology - detecting and diagnosing disease. It involves analysing samples and conducting tests using body tissues (e.g. biopsies, pap smears) and fluids (e.g. blood, urine) to diagnose diseases and provide information about treatment or future prevention.

Medical scientists perform diagnostic tests of biological samples and work with doctors to help them diagnose and enable treatment.

As an RMIT graduate your skills will be in high demand and employment opportunities are excellent throughout urban and regional areas in Australia and overseas.

In Australia, employment opportunities for medical laboratory scientists have grown significantly over recent years and are expected to continue growing.

You may find employment in:

hospital laboratories
private pathology providers
research centres
pharmaceutical companies
food and cosmetic industries
veterinary sciences
forensic science laboratories
state health laboratories
government agencies

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
40,320 Per Year Expected Feb 2023 4 years
Full time
Bundoora Campus
289 McKimmie Road
Melbourne Victoria 3083

Entry criteria

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 65%

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
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