The Master of Laboratory Medicine is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment as Medical Laboratory Scientists in medical pathology laboratories (after appropriate laboratory experience) or other diagnostic laboratories and to provide relevant research experience. The programme will provide a formal qualification in Laboratory Medicine for students with an undergraduate background in science or health science. The programme will equip students to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) when they have the appropriate practical laboratory experience.
The Master of Laboratory Medicine will provide some experience in research and a potential pathway for students to enter postgraduate research degrees.
Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in Laboratory Medicine professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, medical microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology. A Medical Scientist carries out laboratory investigations which assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Graduates of the course should be eligible to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists once they have completed appropriate practical laboratory experience.
There are various career options open to biomedical and medical laboratory scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services, veterinary pathology laboratories and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities and diagnostic companies.
Some students will be prepared to undertake further postgraduate training in biomedical research, leading to potential career options in research organisations.
The Master of Laboratory Medicine (Professional Experience Sequence) is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).
Graduates from this course meet the academic requirements for direct entry into the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
Safety in Practice Compliance
All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements documentation.
Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement/safety-in-practice-requirements to see what's required.
Successful completion of a first degree in Biochemistry or a Medical Science, Health Science, Science or other related discipline, with a credit average, including studies of Biochemistry/Physiology at second year and some first or second year Immunology and Microbiology^
^ Students may have undertaken Immunology or Microbiology in an undergraduate degree program at either first or second year, depending on the nature of the program.
NOTE: Students who have completed the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/ Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Tasmania or any other AIMS accredited course are not eligible for entry to this course, due to the comparable nature of the professional stream units. These students are recommended to undertake Honours to gain research experience.
Graduate Diploma of Laboratory Medicine. Students who decide they do not wish to undertake the research component can transfer to the Graduate Diploma of Laboratory Medicine.
Fees & scholarships
Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.
For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.
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