MC158 - Master of Laboratory Medicine

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Plan: MC158 - Master of Laboratory Medicine
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Laboratory Medicine
Award abbreviation: MLabMed
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years Full Time, 4 years Part Time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019901
CRICOS code: 056171G

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Laboratory Medicine provides advanced training and education in the major disciplines of laboratory medicine. The program is offered for graduates from general science/biomedical science degrees that have a biological science focus and limited or no experience in diagnostic laboratory disciplines.  The program is delivered in face to face mode and requires on campus attendance.  The program is delivered on the Bundoora campus, however some courses will require attendance at the city campus.

This coursework program is designed to provide an advanced qualification that will prepare you for employment in diagnostic pathology or medical research.

In the final semester of the program you will undertake a capstone experience in either MEDS2156 Professional Practice - Laboratory Medicine or MEDS2138 Research Project.  This experience will consolidate and expand the knowledge which was gained throughout the program.


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Articulation and pathways

Students who completed the GD102 Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Medicine and obtained a minimum GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00, will be given credit of 96 credit points if they articulate into the MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine program.

MC158 graduates who complete the final semester course MEDS2138 Research Project may be able to gain entry into a PhD program in a related discipline.

Students can also exit from the MC158 Master of Laboratory Medicine program and obtain a GD102 Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Medicine provided that they have completed the courses which constitute this program offering.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of your average results across all courses and is explained at:

If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook (

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Entrance requirements

A Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline (Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical or Biological Sciences, or Medicine) with a minimum GPA of 2.00 out of 4.00;  


A Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline (Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical or Biological Sciences, or Medicine) with at least 5 years of relevant work experience in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.

Applicants will be selected competitively based on undergraduate and or postgraduate grades and work experience.

The normal intake for the program is midyear (July).  Applicants with an undergraduate degree in Laboratory Medicine would also be eligible to start the program in March.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English language requirements

IELTS academic module - 6.5+ (no band less than 6.0)

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page 


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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates may be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) ( if they meet AIMS accreditation requirements (please contact the program coordinator for membership requirements).  This professional body represents biomedical pathology scientists in Australia.

The program is also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science ( for students commencing studies between 2014 and 2018.  It is anticipated that the process for renewal of IBMS accreditation will be undertaken during 2019.

The program has extensive links with industry through their Industry Advisory Committees (IACs), and through research projects and consulting. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Industry Advisory Committees, and have contributed to both the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers.

Many of the teaching staff within the program are (or have been) practicing industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks.  This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT (

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • career development and employment
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  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at:

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