Skip to content

Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine is at the heart of healthcare. Start your career in diagnostic pathology or medical research laboratories and start making your own contributions to the medical science field in Tasmania and beyond.

The Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine is designed to prepare students to work in specialised medical and pathology laboratories that provide essential diagnostic services. You'll 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. This degree is also a launch pad for your career as a medical scientist or entry into Medicine.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

Minimum 3.5 years, up to maximum of 8 years
Launceston CRICOS 093979E

View course details

Accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Graduate as a Medical Scientist, working in pathology labs worldwide.

Learn to gather valuable information in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.


If you’ve already completed a degree in Biochemistry or a Medical Science, Health Science, Science or other related discipline, you can complete the

Course breakdown

The Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine is three and a half year degree which combines both theoretical and laboratory based learning. The course comprises of 350 credit points in total. Your final semester will be your Professional Experience Placement, out in the field.


Year One

What you will study

Semester One

KRA101 Chemistry 1A

CXA101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences

CZZ101 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A

CXA103 Health: Determinants and Analysis

Semester Two

KRA102 Chemistry 1B

CZZ102 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1B

CAM103 Scientific and Research Literacy

CXA184 Foundations of Health Literacy

Total = 100 credit points.


Year Two

What you will study

Semester One

CXA261 Metabolic Biochemistry


CXA225 Histology

CXA212 Pathology of Common Diseases

Semester Two

CXA231 Haematology 1

CXA241 General and Medical Microbiology

CXA222 Histopathology

CXA251 Clinical Chemistry 1

Total = 100 credit points.


Year Three

What you will study

Semester One

CXA315 Cell and Molecular Biochemistry

CXA332 Haematology 2

CXA342 Medical Microbiology A

CXA352 Clinical Chemistry 2

Semester Two

CXA300 Human Molecular Biology

CXA333 Transfusion Science

CXA343 Medical Microbiology B

CXA353 Clinical Chemistry 3 (Endocrinology)

Total = 100 credit points.

Year 4

Semester One

CXA401 Medical Laboratory Practice

CXA412 Medical Laboratory Placement 1

CXA425 Medical Laboratory Placement 2

Total = 50 credit points.

Career outcomes

Brianna Atto, Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Hons)

"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.”

You’ll graduate ready for an exciting career at the forefront of Laboratory Medicine. The opportunities are vast, including roles with diagnostic pathology labs or in the medical research field.

This degree can also be used to launch a career in medical research, veterinary laboratories, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies or health management.

A number of graduates have used their degree internationally, working in pathology laboratories across South East Asia and Europe.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine 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.

Study Experiences

Sathya Perrera graduated in 2019 from Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

Sathya Perrera is an outstanding student from Sri Lanka who studied the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine and graduated in 2019. She is currently working for Hobart Pathology, Tasmania. Learn more about her story.

Learn more

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.