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, City and 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. It is designed for graduates of general science or biomedical science degree programs who are interested in a career in diagnostic pathology or medical research but who lack experience, or have only limited experience, in the diagnostic laboratory disciplines.

The program is delivered primarily 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.

In the final semester of the program you will undertake a capstone experience in either MEDS2156 Professional Practice - Laboratory Medicine, or MEDS2138 Research Project which.provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program. 

As a graduate from this two-year program, you will be able to apply advanced knowledge and skills in a range of diagnostic procedures in a clinical pathology laboratory. You will develop high level skills in problem solving, interpretative and critical thinking that are relevant to your areas of specialisation. This will encompass substantial depth in two chosen disciplines selected from Advanced Haematology, Advanced Anatomical Pathology, Advanced Transfusion and Transplantation Science, Advanced Clinical Biochemistry or Advanced Medical Microbiology courses.

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Articulation and pathways

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.

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

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Entrance requirements

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline (laboratory medicine, biomedical or biological sciences or medicine, veterinary science or veterinary medicine) with a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 out of 4.0, and which includes studies of molecular biology or molecular pathology with a practical component at or above second year undergraduate level;  


An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline (laboratory medicine, biomedical or biological sciences or medicine, veterinary science or veterinary medicine) which includes studies of molecular biology or molecular pathology with a practical component with at or above second year undergraduate level; and at least five years (full-time equivalent) of relevant work experience in diagnostic pathology.

Note: Applicants will be selected competitively based on undergraduate and/or postgraduate grades, combined with relevant work experience.

If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.

The normal intake for the program is semester 2 (July). Semester 1 commencement is only available to applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in Laboratory Medicine or; an undergraduate degree in Science or Biomedical Science with a third-year specialisation in Biochemistry or Microbiology.

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

The Master of Laboratory Medicine is accredited with conditions by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS), subject to the successful completion of specific courses within the program (please contact the program co-ordinator for further details).

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 was accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) for students commencing studies between 2014 and 2018. Graduates who commenced the program from 2019 onwards can apply directly to IBMS for recognition of their degree. 

Additionally 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

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers and group study rooms are available at each Library. One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, math and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service.

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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
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage that may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing, and financial matters)
  • 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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