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Bachelor of Clinical Laboratory Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Clinical Laboratory Science at Murdoch University will give you an excellent foundation in applying medical technologies to testing of clinical specimens. You'll gain the skills to work in medical diagnosis, medical research or other health-related fields.

If you're intrigued by medical technology, laboratory diagnosis and performing scientific testing, this is an ideal major for you. You'll build on a general introduction to human biology, cell biology and molecular biology to cover a range of clinical laboratory disciplines, including haematology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, histopathology and diagnostic genomics.

You'll gain a broad knowledge of disease processes as well as technical skills in the handling of patient material, clinical testing and analysing and troubleshooting results.

You'll work in our world-class medical and health precinct, which includes two major hospitals, a veterinary hospital and two major medical research institutes.

When you complete clinical laboratory science as a double major with either biomedical science, molecular biology or forensic biology and toxicology, you can gain entry into a fourth year of study that incorporates clinical practicum experiences and leads to a full qualification in laboratory medicine.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above 70; OR
  • Achieved a multiple choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010; OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

All students must also satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English language.

Areas of study

In this veterinary and life sciences course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Building blocks for science students
  • What is science?
  • Introduction to the human body
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Foundations of vertebrate form and function
  • Cell biology
  • Foundations of chemistry
  • Psychology: measurement, design and analysis
  • Introduction to research methodology and evidence based practice
  • Research in the physical and life sciences
  • Haematology
  • Molecular biology
  • Medical immunology and molecular genetics
  • Advanced quantitative research methods
  • Innovation and ethics in science
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Advanced research methods in science
  • Histology
  • Clinical immunology
  • Clinical biochemistry I
  • Clinical microbiology I
  • Histopathology
  • Clinical haematology
  • Diagnostic genomics

Plus your choice of general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Clinical Laboratory Science from Murdoch University.

As a clinical laboratory science graduate, you'll be able to seek employment in hospitals, medical research institutes, universities, government/health agencies and the private sector.

This course also acts as a foundation for allied careers in health administration, medical sales and marketing, scientific media and academia.

It's an excellent springboard into postgraduate studies in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary science.

Curious about where a career in health could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Researcher
  • Medical Biotechnologist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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