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Summary
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS)
  • CRICOS: 098992M

Study Mode
  • External
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

Semester 2 entry is only available part-time, therefore is not suitable for international students who wish to study full-time on-campus.
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Explore pathology and biomedicine

Find out how blood groups are determined and what malarial parasites or leukaemia look like under the microscope when you study USQ’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science. Graduates have work-ready skills in transfusion science, microbiology, haematology, histopathology and clinical biochemistry for a career as a medical laboratory scientist. USQ’s Medical Laboratory Science degree includes 52 days of clinical placement where you will gain hands-on pathology experience in a laboratory.

Medical laboratory scientists perform analyses on blood and other body fluids and tissues to provide information that is vital in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. You can choose to study your degree online or enjoy an on-campus experience.

Professional accreditation

You will be eligible to apply for membership to professional organisations including the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Medical Research.

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science prepares graduates for employment in private and hospital pathology laboratories, medical research institutions, blood banks and forensic science laboratories. You will also gain knowledge and skills to prepare for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT).
Clinical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this program.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Medical Laboratory Science courses 16
plus    52 days of clinical placement    
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 25610
On-campus AUD 29430

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Professional experience

This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4 SA) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (4 SA) 
  • Recommended study: in one of Biology, Chemistry or Science21 (4 SA), or equivalent. 

All students must be able to meet the physical and other requirements of professional experience placements within this program. These include:

  • evidence of immunity to notifiable and contagious diseases
  • a signed QLD Health Student Orientation Checklist, QLD Health Placement Deed and a QLD Health Placement Privacy and Consent Deed, or a signed SA Health Student Orientation Checklist, SA Health Placement Deed and a SA Health Privacy and Consent Deed. 
  • a signed USQ Student Clinical Placement Policy Declaration.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

CRICOS: 098992M

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2019 - Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - Monday 15 July 2019.

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.