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CM18 - Master of Laboratory Medicine

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Master of Laboratory Medicine will qualify you to work as a medical laboratory scientist. You will gain advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the clinical disciplines of laboratory medicine for application in the diagnostic setting. You will build technical and evaluative skills through laboratory and clinical training to assess and implement recommendations for best practice in patient testing and monitoring. This course will enable you to develop an advanced level of communication skill to interact positively with patients and other health professionals ready for the clinical or scientific work environment. Clinical decision-making and problem-solving abilities are key skills for the medical laboratory scientist. You will develop clinical decision-making and problem solving skills through experience in professional practice, clinical case studies and research opportunities. This course involves a compulsory 3-week practical intensive at the Rockhampton campus, in which travel and accommodation costs are provided for students that are admitted to the Melbourne campus. You will also have the opportunity to study the CL58 Graduate Certificate of Research embedded within the course structure, therefore providing you with a pathway to a Research Higher-Degree.

The Master of Laboratory Medicine course will be submitted to the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists for accreditation.

Career Information

A Medical Laboratory Scientist is a health professional who conducts medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They require specialised education and skills to prepare tissue sections for microscopic examination, analyse samples to study the effects of microbial infections and develop techniques to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. A Medical Laboratory Scientist has a degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process through the provision of advice to Medical Practitioners on the interpretation of tests, methods for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. They can undertake research and prepare scientific papers and reports. They ensure quality management processes and safety standards are followed in medical laboratories and undertake research in their area of expertise. Communication skills and exemplary professional attitude are all critical to success in this field.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MLabMed
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2022

Melbourne
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2022

Melbourne
Rockhampton
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:

  • A completed 3 year Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor degree in a Health, Medical or Biomedical discipline which demonstrates a minimum of two Chemistry and two Human Biology units.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirement, however, hold relevant postgraduate qualifications will be referred to the Head of Course to confirm suitability for entry.


English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • an Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.


Advanced Standing:

The following applicants may be eligible for a shorter course duration of 1 year (48 credit point or 8 units equivalent)

  • Applicants with a 4-year AIMS-accredited Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 1 year postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Applicants with a 3-year AIMS-accredited Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 2 years postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Applicants with an non-accredited degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 5 years postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Security Requirements

This course involves compulsory clinical placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement and must disclose any condition that may put himself or herself, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend Clinical Placements and Clinical placements are a requirement for the award of the Degree. A student may be determined ineligible for placement based on the inability to perform required tasks or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders. A student may be determined ineligible for placement if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Health Requirements

This course involves compulsory clinical placement. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical health and safety requirements and must disclose any condition that may put himself or herself, or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement.
Students will need to be physically fit, able to stand and walk for extended periods, lift, stretch, carry heavy loads and have sufficient manual dexterity to perform specific tasks and visual acuity and contrast sensitivity to assess fine detail. Students will be required to provide evidence of current mandatory vaccinations prior to clinical placement. A student may be determined ineligible for placement based on the inability to perform required tasks or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders. A student may be determined ineligible for placement, if the placement site is unable to work within the constraints of any conditions or work modifications placed upon the work site by the State Health Department or Assessment Unit within a private organisation. If conditions imposed upon the placement are too restrictive for placement sites within the current offer round, the student is determined not fit for placement and is at risk of the University terminating enrolment in the degree.

Assumed Knowledge

A 3 year Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution that includes foundational human biology and chemistry.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL58 - Graduate Certificate in Research
Exit Awards CM19 - Graduate Diploma of Laboratory Medicine
Professional Accreditation

The Master of Laboratory Medicine will be submitted to the external accrediting body, the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). AIMS will consider the course for provisional accreditation prior to course commencement. 

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School You will be required to attend a 3 week practical intensive at the Rockhampton campus. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for those students admitted at the Melbourne campus.
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Practicum/Work Placement

LMED29008 - 210 hours (6 weeks) of work placement at a NATA-approved diagnostic pathology laboratory. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity
LMED29012 - 350 hours (10 weeks) of work placement at a NATA-approved diagnostic pathology laboratory. Student learning supported by clinical supervisors on-site and academics at CQUniversity

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 20
Second year 21
Third Year 22
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Practice competently as a medical laboratory scientist with advanced discipline-specific knowledge
  • 2. Apply advanced knowledge in laboratory medicine to professional practice
  • 3. Provide leadership using advanced knowledge to ensure safe practice of a medical laboratory
  • 4. Perform medical laboratory science-based research to inform professional practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 major
Number of units: 15 Total credit points: 96

COURSE STRUCTURE

Students must complete the following SEVEN units:

  • Chemical Pathology 1
  • Genomic Pathology 1
  • Haematopathology 1
  • Infectious Diseases 1
  • Anatomical Pathology 1
  • Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 1
  • Immunopathology 1

AND

Students must complete the TWO Clinical Placement units:

  • Clinical Placement 1
  • Clinical Placement 2

AND

Students must complete any TWO of the following advanced units:

  • Chemical Pathology 2
  • Genomic Pathology 2
  • Haematopathology 2
  • Infectious Diseases 2
  • Anatomical Pathology 2
  • Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 2
  • Immunopathology 2

AND

Students must complete either the CL58 Graduate Certificate of Research (RSCH20003 / RSCH20004) OR select FOUR units totalling 24 credit points from the below list:

  • Chemical Pathology 2
  • Genomic Pathology 2
  • Haematopathology 2
  • Infectious Diseases 2
  • Anatomical Pathology 2
  • Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 2
  • Immunopathology 2
  • MGMT20143 Think Big
  • MGMT20131 Leadership and Integrity

Please note that units that have already been selected as part of a students compulsory course structure are not able to be selected from this optional list.

Advanced Standing:

Students will be eligible for advanced standing and be required to complete 1 year of study (48 credit points) to complete the Master of Laboratory Medicine if they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants with a 4-year AIMS-accredited Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 1 year postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Applicants with a 3-year AIMS-accredited Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 2 years postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Applicants with a non-accredited degree in Medical Laboratory Science (or equivalent) and 5 years postgraduate professional experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

The study plan for students entering the course on Advanced Standing will include:

Students must complete any TWO of the following advanced units:

  • Chemical Pathology 2
  • Genomic Pathology 2
  • Haematopathology 2
  • Infectious Diseases 2
  • Anatomical Pathology 2
  • Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 2
  • Immunopathology 2

AND

Students must complete units from the below list totalling 36 credit points:

  • The CL58 Graduate Certificate of Research (RSCH20003 OR RSCH20004) (24 credit points)
  • Chemical Pathology 2 (6 credit points)
  • Genomic Pathology 2 (6 credit points)
  • Haematopathology 2 (6 credit points)
  • Infectious Diseases 2 (6 credit points)
  • Anatomical Pathology 2 (6 credit points)
  • Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 2 (6 credit points)
  • Immunopathology 2 (6 credit points)
  • MGMT20143 Think Big (6 credit points)
  • MGMT20131 Leadership and Integrity (6 credit points)

Please note that units that have already been selected as part of a students compulsory course structure are not able to be selected from this optional list.

As per the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists Accreditation Standards and Procedures (Masters) 2020, students are required to complete introductory units in the following disciplines:

  • Anatomical Pathology (including Cytopathology)
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Genomic Pathology
  • Haematology (including haemostasis)
  • Immunopathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Transfusion Science


These seven core units represent these requirements and are compulsory for all students completing the 2 year course structure:


Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LMED28001 Chemical Pathology 1
LMED28002 Haematopathology 1
LMED28004 Infectious Diseases 1
LMED28003 Immunopathology 1
LMED29001 Genomic Pathology 1
LMED29002 Anatomical Pathology 1
LMED29003 Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 1

Students must complete the two Clinical Placement units with a combined total of 560 hours of duration:

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LMED29008 Clinical Placement 1
LMED29012 Clinical Placement 2

Students must complete at least TWO units from the following list of advanced units:

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LMED29005 Chemical Pathology 2
LMED29004 Genomic Pathology 2
LMED29006 Haematopathology 2
LMED29009 Infectious Diseases 2
LMED29010 Anatomical Pathology 2
LMED29011 Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 2
LMED29007 Immunopathology 2

For the remaining 24 credit points of the course structure, students may choose the following: 

  • CL58 Graduate Certificate of Research (24 credit points) OR
  • Four units from an optional unit list (totalling 24 credit points)


For the CL58 Graduate Certificate in Research option, this course is composed of a single unit totalling 24 credit points. Students can enrol at any time. It can be completed as a full-time enrolment (RSCH20003) or part-time (RSCH20004).

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
RSCH20003 Research Portfolio
RSCH20004 Revisions and Extensions

Students may choose to complete this remaining 24 credit points by selecting FOUR units from the following list. Please note that units that have already been selected as part of a students compulsory course structure are not able to be selected from this list:

Available units
Students must complete 4 from the following units:
LMED29005 Chemical Pathology 2
LMED29004 Genomic Pathology 2
LMED29006 Haematopathology 2
LMED29009 Infectious Diseases 2
LMED29010 Anatomical Pathology 2
LMED29011 Transfusion and Transplantation Medicine 2
LMED29007 Immunopathology 2
MGMT20143 Think Big
MGMT20131 Leadership and Integrity
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.