MC158 - Master of Laboratory Medicine

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Plan: MC158GZU - Master of Laboratory Medicine
Campus: GZUCM-RMIT Institute


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
Location: GZUCM-RMIT Institute
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019901
CRICOS code:

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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 who have a biological science focus and limited or no experience in diagnostic laboratory disciplines. 

This coursework program is designed to provide an advanced qualification that will prepare you for employment in diagnostic pathology or medical research. 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 Histopathology, Advanced Cytopathology, Advanced Transfusion and Transplantation Science, Advanced Clinical Biochemistry or Advanced Medical Microbiology courses

In the final semester of the program you will undertake a capstone experience in either MEDS2175 Professional Practice - Laboratory Medicine or MEDS2173 Research Project. This experience will consolidate and expand the knowledge which was gained throughout the program and prepare you for postgraduate transition to your professional career. 

This program requires on campus attendance at the GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Sciences and Bioengineering. The program is delivered full time, in face-to-face mode, supported by various blended learning activities (including on-line). English language is the medium of instruction.   

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Articulation and pathways

MC158 graduates who complete the final semester course MEDS2173 Research Project may be able to gain entry into a PhD program in a related discipline.

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.

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 by the Institute of Biomedical Science, UK (IBMS) and graduates are entitled to membership of IBMS. Graduates may also 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). These professional bodies represent biomedical pathology scientists in Australia and in the UK:

Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS):
Institute of Biomedical Science, UK (IBMS):

The program has extensive links with industry through the Program Advisory Committee (PAC), and through research projects and consulting. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committee, 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 an RMIT University program you may access many of the extensive collections of electronic resources and services provided from the RMIT University Library in Melbourne. Resources include e-books, electronic journals and newspapers and product data. Library subject guides and web based tutorials will support your learning. Electronic resources and the online Ask a Librarian reference service are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

For more information on Library resources and services from Melbourne go to:

Through RMIT’s online “Ask a Librarian” service Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials.

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 University 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 studying outside Australia with RMIT University partner institutions, you may access online learning materials at myRMIT:

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University offshore partners provide resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. The range of services available will vary at each RMIT University offshore partner. Enquire locally.

Services are available online to assist you with:

  • transition to tertiary student learning,
  • study skills, academic skills including academic literacy, writing for academic purposes, research, exam preparation and much more, and
  • career development and employment.

The GZUCM-RMIT Institute has a library and a number of laboratories, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities.

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