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Laboratory Medicine

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine)
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


An exciting course for aspiring professional medical scientists, focusing on pathology and diagnosing disease.

Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Work experience

Includes a 24-week professional placement in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Laboratory medicine teaches you about pathology (the origin, nature and course of disease) and the diagnosis of disease.

Your first year is interprofessional and taken with other health sciences students. Your second year develops your knowledge of the cellular and tissue aspects of pathology, and the individual disciplines of laboratory medicine.

In your third and fourth years, you'll gain extensive field experience and focus on three of the following major disciplines: anatomical pathology, clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science, immunology and medical microbiology.

You'll learn in Curtin's new PC2 laboratory facility, where you can process and analyse clinical samples, identify microbes and report results in the same way as a real pathology laboratory.

You'll also develop your practical skills when you undertake a 24-week professional placement in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Choose from five major areas of specialisation.
  • Learn in high-quality laboratories and facilities.
  • Accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
  • Professional placement in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.

Student profile

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Professional recognition

Professionally recognised by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

Career information


  • Medical scientist.


  • Community health
  • Education
  • Health technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Private and public hospitals
  • Research centres and laboratories.

What you'll learn

  • apply general and discipline specified knowledge to the performance of laboratory medicine
  • the application of knowledge critically and ethically in the laboratory medicine setting
  • obtain and critically appraise information from a range of resources applicable to the practice of medical science
  • communicate effectively specialised knowledge relevant to laboratory medicine
  • the selection and effective use of appropriate technologies to generate valid data
  • recognition of the need for on-going learning in the Medical Science profession
  • an awareness of global differences in disease patterns and diagnostic medicine
  • recognition of cultural difference and its impact on Medical Science
  • recognition of the necessity for probity and ethical behaviour and a professional approach to medical science

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 6
IB 25
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 63
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 73
India (CBSE) 62.5%
India (HSC) 66.5%
Sri Lanka 6

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearanc

Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearanc

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus


Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
  • On Campus


Semester 1
  • On Campus
Semester 2
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  • Curtin course code: B-LABMED
  • CRICOS code: 064464E
  • Last updated on: January 20, 2021