Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine is at the heart of healthcare, providing vital results that assist in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease. By starting your career in diagnostic pathology or medical research laboratories, you can contribute to the medical science field in Tasmania and beyond.

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Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

Focussed, personalised learning

Studying a quota course with a limited intake means more one-on-one teaching and personalised learning experiences

Practical skills for a hands-on career

Hands-on laboratory experience from day one, which increase throughout your course

Professional experience placement

Undertake a whole semester of clinical placement in an accredited diagnostic pathology laboratory

Laboratory Medicine is at the very heart of healthcare

Prepare yourself to work in specialised medical and pathology laboratories that provide essential diagnostic services. You'll gain knowledge
and a variety of practical laboratory skills in clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion science, microbiology, histopathology, human molecular biology, immunology and more.

This course prepares you for your future career by including hands-on laboratory experience right from first year. These experiences increase
throughout your studies, culminating in the third year where each unit contains an average of three hours of practical laboratory experience per week.

In your final semester, you’ll participate in a Professional Experience Placement (PEP). This work-integrated learning approach allows you
to practice newly acquired skills, behaviours and knowledge in a workplace environment, immersing you in a professional healthcare setting to gain a better understanding of the roles of professionals within the health care system.

Further study options

For postgraduate course information, please visit Laboratory Medicine

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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Career opportunities

You’ll graduate ready for an exciting career at the forefront of Laboratory Medicine. The opportunities are broad, including roles with diagnostic pathology labs, both public and private facilities, or within the medical research field.

With the skills and knowledge delivered by this course, you may find yourself providing vital diagnostic services as part of a small remote team in a regional hospital, or contributing more specialised skills as part of the combined operations of a large laboratory in a major city.

Career opportunities exist in hospital clinical and pathology laboratories, private pathology services, blood transfusion services, veterinary pathology laboratories and public health laboratories. These are located all over the world, meaning you can make a vital contribution to the heart of healthcare both at home, or abroad.

You will also be prepared to undertake further postgraduate training in biomedical research, leading to potential career options in research organisations.

Laboratory Medicine skills are in high demand. Here are some of the careers projected to grow into 2025:



Projected increase by 2025^


Laboratory Manager:
Future Demand

National Skills Commission - 2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)^


Medical Laboratory
Technician: Future Demand

National Skills Commission - 2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)^

^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Student experience

Brianna Atto, Laboratory Medicine (Honours) graduate, PhD Candidate

"To think my research may improve the quality or even length of life for affected individuals is incredibly motivating. Because Launceston is small, there are strong connections between the University, local hospital and medical researchers. This provides students like me with great opportunities.”