Courses & Units

Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Sciences M6G

Launceston

Introduction

The Graduate Diploma will allow students with an undergraduate background in Science or Health Science to broaden and extend their areas of potential employment or expertise. The program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical skills in Clinical Chemistry, Haematology and Medical Microbiology.

Summary

Course Name Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Course Abbreviation GradDipMedLabSc
Course Duration 1.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 4 Years
CRICOS code 062899E
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Health

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Launceston Semester 2

Objectives

The Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary for employment in Medical Pathology Laboratories that provide diagnostic services that are an essential part of the health care system. The program will provide a formal qualification in Medical Laboratory Science for students with an undergraduate background in Science or Health Science.

Career Outcomes

The programme will equip students to sit the examination for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists when they have the appropriate practical laboratory experience.

A Medical Scientist carries out laboratory investigations which assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Students will gain knowledge and a variety of skills in professional areas such as: clinical chemistry, endocrinology, haematology, blood transfusion science, histopathology, microbiology, human molecular biology, and immunology

There are various career options open to medical scientists, especially in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services and public health laboratories. Other areas of employment are found in universities, veterinary laboratories and diagnostic companies.

Professional Recognition

Graduates will be eligible to join the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) as Intermediate Members and once they have completed 2 years relevant work experience will be eligible to sit the AIMS Professional Membership Examination to become full Professional Members.

Additional Information

Mid-year commencement is usual for this course and would be required in order to fulfil prerequisite requirements, making the duration of the course 1.5 years. Programs of 1 year duration are possible, depending on previous qualifications. Applicants should contact the School to discuss a possible program.

Prerequisites

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 introductory understanding of immunology and microbiology.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science students must successfully complete 100% load, as specified in Schedule A.

Students who do not have the appropriate pre-requisites may be required, at the discretion of the School, to undertake additional units of study.

Course Structure

Schedule A

  • CXA121HistologyDetails

    This unit acquaints students with fundamental theoretical and practical concepts and principles of histology and provides the foundation for Histopathology (CXA222). The practical component develops microscopy skills and techniques learned in first semester (in CXA101 and CXA171) to allow critical…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA121 Histology

  • CXA211Immunology (MLS)Details

    Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; the application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA211 Immunology (MLS)

  • CXA212Pathology of Common DiseasesDetails

    This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • or
  • CXA222HistopathologyDetails

    This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. They also learn theoretical and practical aspects of the histological methods used to identify…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • CXA231Haematology 1Details

    Covers: normal haemopoiesis, routine haematological screening procedures, quality control, quality assurance, recognition of cells of the peripheral blood, recognition of normal and abnormal features in peripheral blood smears, haemostasis, pathophysiology & laboratory investigation of bleeding and thrombotic disorders.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • CXA241General and Medical MicrobiologyDetails

    This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA241 General and Medical Microbiology

  • CXA251Clinical Chemistry 1Details

    Imparts knowledge of quality assurance assurance requirements in the modern laboratory, including laboratory method manual preparation, sources of error in analytical testing and the use and establishment of reference ranges. The clinical significance of, current state of diagnostic testing and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA251 Clinical Chemistry 1

  • CXA300Human Molecular BiologyDetails

    This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics providing detailed study of genetic mutations and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA300 Human Molecular Biology

  • CXA333Transfusion ScienceDetails

    This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to transfusion, as well as the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. The practical sessions concentrate on the skills of blood grouping, antibody screening and crossmatching. Additionally, the donation…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA333 Transfusion Science

  • CXA353Clinical Chemistry 3 (Endocrinology)Details

    This unit gives an understanding of the metabolism and function of hormones; and includes: the laboratory investigation of disorders of hormonal function including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, hypothalamic, ovarian, testicular and renal hormones; the use of tumour markers in oncology, and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA353 Clinical Chemistry 3 (Endocrinology)

  • CXA386Research and Topics in Health SciencesDetails

    Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA386 Research and Topics in Health Sciences

  • CXA302Environmental Microbiology, Infection Control & RegulationsDetails

    This unit develops the students understanding of issues relating to the role of micro-organisms in Environmental Health, including disease transmission, sampling, food spoilage, disinfection and epidemiology. It also explores public health issues, such as disease outbreaks, immunisation and chains of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA302 Environmental Microbiology, Infection Control & Regulations

  • CXA632Haematology 2Details

    This unit is a systematic investigation of the anaemias, acute leukaemias, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders and other blood dyscrasias, including laboratory identification and investigations of these conditions.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA632 Haematology 2

  • CXA642Medical Microbiology ADetails

    Introduces students to diagnostic medical bacteriology. Skills taught include: processing of clinical specimens, recognition of normal microbiota, identification of pathogens and the undertaking of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Students learn: aspects of laboratory safety, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of infectious…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA642 Medical Microbiology A

  • CXA643Medical Microbiology BDetails

    Introduces students to aspects of diagnostic microbiology, with an emphasis being placed on virology, parasitology and mycology. Aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, control and treatment of infectious diseases are addressed; knowledge of diagnostic laboratory procedures including rapid and automated methods…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA643 Medical Microbiology B

  • CXA652Clinical Chemistry 2Details

    This unit teaches the clinical significance of the current state of analytical testing and analytical methods employed to assess the following: liver and cardiac function, carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, iron status and protein abnormalities.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA652 Clinical Chemistry 2

  • CXA602Quality Assurance & Data HandlingDetails

    This unit will consider the processes of quality assurance needed in modern diagnostic laboratories. It will also contain relevant examples of data presentation and handling relevant to pathological information.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for CXA602 Quality Assurance & Data Handling

  • One approved elective 12.5%
Professional steams are taken over three semesters

a Haematology stream
b Clinical Chemistry stream
c Medical Microbiology stream
^ Students without a Histology unit or background, who wish to do CXA222 Histopathology, must complete CXA121 Histology
Note:

    Major Streams

    CORE - Students should select 7 units from core, including at least 2 major streams. Students with previous equivalent study in the core units should choose elective units to complete a total of eight units
    • Haematology Majora
    • CXA231Haematology 1Details

      Covers: normal haemopoiesis, routine haematological screening procedures, quality control, quality assurance, recognition of cells of the peripheral blood, recognition of normal and abnormal features in peripheral blood smears, haemostasis, pathophysiology & laboratory investigation of bleeding and thrombotic disorders.…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA231 Haematology 1

    • CXA632Haematology 2Details

      This unit is a systematic investigation of the anaemias, acute leukaemias, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoproliferative disorders and other blood dyscrasias, including laboratory identification and investigations of these conditions.…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA632 Haematology 2

    • CXA333Transfusion ScienceDetails

      This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to transfusion, as well as the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. The practical sessions concentrate on the skills of blood grouping, antibody screening and crossmatching. Additionally, the donation…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA333 Transfusion Science

    • Clinical Chemistry Major b
    • CXA251Clinical Chemistry 1Details

      Imparts knowledge of quality assurance assurance requirements in the modern laboratory, including laboratory method manual preparation, sources of error in analytical testing and the use and establishment of reference ranges. The clinical significance of, current state of diagnostic testing and…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA251 Clinical Chemistry 1

    • CXA652Clinical Chemistry 2Details

      This unit teaches the clinical significance of the current state of analytical testing and analytical methods employed to assess the following: liver and cardiac function, carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, iron status and protein abnormalities.…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA652 Clinical Chemistry 2

    • CXA353Clinical Chemistry 3 (Endocrinology)Details

      This unit gives an understanding of the metabolism and function of hormones; and includes: the laboratory investigation of disorders of hormonal function including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, hypothalamic, ovarian, testicular and renal hormones; the use of tumour markers in oncology, and…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA353 Clinical Chemistry 3 (Endocrinology)

    • Microbiology Major Major c
    • CXA241General and Medical MicrobiologyDetails

      This unit gives students detailed descriptions of microbial physiology, taxonomy and genetics. The unit is strongly focused on micro-organisms which are pathogenic to human beings and students are taught techniques for isolating and identifying those organisms. Interactions between microbes and…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA241 General and Medical Microbiology

    • CXA642Medical Microbiology ADetails

      Introduces students to diagnostic medical bacteriology. Skills taught include: processing of clinical specimens, recognition of normal microbiota, identification of pathogens and the undertaking of appropriate antimicrobial susceptibility tests. Students learn: aspects of laboratory safety, epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of infectious…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA642 Medical Microbiology A

    • CXA643Medical Microbiology BDetails

      Introduces students to aspects of diagnostic microbiology, with an emphasis being placed on virology, parasitology and mycology. Aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, control and treatment of infectious diseases are addressed; knowledge of diagnostic laboratory procedures including rapid and automated methods…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA643 Medical Microbiology B

    • Electives
    • CXA121HistologyDetails

      This unit acquaints students with fundamental theoretical and practical concepts and principles of histology and provides the foundation for Histopathology (CXA222). The practical component develops microscopy skills and techniques learned in first semester (in CXA101 and CXA171) to allow critical…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA121 Histology

    • CXA386Research and Topics in Health SciencesDetails

      Introduces students to the types of research which informs our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. The unit also covers basic pharmacological and toxicological principles, the use and monitoring…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA386 Research and Topics in Health Sciences

    • CXA211Immunology (MLS)Details

      Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; the application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA211 Immunology (MLS)

    • CXA321ImmunologyDetails

      Gives students an understanding of the immune system and its functions. Topics include: defence mechanisms against infectious agents; antigens, antibodies and related immunological substances; diseases of the immune system; application of immunological reactions for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA321 Immunology

    • CXA300Human Molecular BiologyDetails

      This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics providing detailed study of genetic mutations and…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA300 Human Molecular Biology

    • CXA602Quality Assurance & Data HandlingDetails

      This unit will consider the processes of quality assurance needed in modern diagnostic laboratories. It will also contain relevant examples of data presentation and handling relevant to pathological information.…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA602 Quality Assurance & Data Handling

    • CXA302Environmental Microbiology, Infection Control & RegulationsDetails

      This unit develops the students understanding of issues relating to the role of micro-organisms in Environmental Health, including disease transmission, sampling, food spoilage, disinfection and epidemiology. It also explores public health issues, such as disease outbreaks, immunisation and chains of…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for CXA302 Environmental Microbiology, Infection Control & Regulations

    • One alternate approved elective (at discretion of School) - semester 2

    Sample Programs

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


1 In these specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Health Science.

Entry

2 The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science a person who:

  1. has qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Science or another approved bachelor degree of the University of Tasmania, or holds a degree or other tertiary qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent for this purpose; and
  2. has satisfied the prerequisites prescribed by the Faculty for the course of study as prescribed in Schedule A or provides appropriate evidence to Faculty for entry to the Graduate Diploma.

3 Candidates for the Graduate Diploma shall complete the requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than one calendar year of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than three years from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

4 To qualify for the Graduate Diploma, the candidate shall complete 100% as prescribed in Schedule A.

5 The units which may be included in the Graduate Diploma shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with Schedule A, accompanying these specifications.

6 Units may be counted towards the Graduate Diploma only if they have been taken in accordance with the prerequisites determined by the Faculty.

7 Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the Graduate Diploma.

Credit for Previous Studies

8 Credit will only be granted in recognition of previous studies if they have been undertaken as part of a postgraduate program.

Miscellaneous

9 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to Schedule A to these specifications.

10 These specifications shall take effect from 1 January 2007 and shall apply to all candidates for the Graduate Diploma, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.

11 The approved abbreviation for the Graduate Diploma of Medical Laboratory Science shall be GradDipMedLabSc..