B.Sc. On Campus Online

Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology)

42 months
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Are you a doer and a thinker who wants to have an impact? Someone who’s ready to make the world a safer place, help develop cures or improve humankind’s quality of life? With the new Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology) program from Charles Sturt University you can be an essential part of the healthcare process.  


In this pathology course you’ll investigate current conditions as a medical scientist or discover new possibilities through research. Work at the forefront of healthcare, and explore dynamic fields including molecular diagnostics, genetics and immunology.

Experience real-world scenarios through extensive clinical workplace learning. You’ll get hands-on experience across many different areas, including clinical biochemistry, haematology, histology, immuno-haematology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics and immunology.  

Learn in modern facilities, including our state-of-the-art National Life Sciences Hub. This Wagga Wagga hub is where you’ll bring laboratory practice to life in micro session three.

Keen to get started and enter the workforce sooner? We offer micro sessions (six eight-week blocks across the year) so you can complete a degree that normally takes three and a half years full-time in just three years (or part-time equivalent). You can choose to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online. If you study full-time, you complete two subjects per micro session; study part-time and you do one. Plus, if you hold a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science or the Cert III in Specimen Collection, you could receive credit, meaning you finish even sooner.

When you graduate from the Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology) program at Charles Sturt University you’ll be qualified for accreditation and eligible for membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Through AIMS’ links to the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, UK, and the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science, you'll be ready to take the next step and join a worldwide network of health professionals.

Career opportunities

  • Work in private and public sector hospitals to help clinicians prevent, diagnose and treat a range of diseases. Choose to work in microbiology, haematology, immunology, clinical biochemistry, histology, genetics or molecular diagnostics.
  • Take up a role in a health laboratory, where you’ll perform a range of medical tests. Modern techniques in medical laboratory science are increasingly focused on the molecular pathology – the DNA – so you can help personalise medicine – meaning people get the treatment that suits their body, not the disease!
  • Tae your pathology career into research with further study in medical research programs or a postgraduate degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medical Science Communication and Methods
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Practical Medical Science 
  • Pathology Specimen Collection  
  • Microbiology  
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Haematology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 42 months

Start dates & application deadlines


224 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

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Other requirements

General requirements

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  • A completed High School Certificate with an ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent, OR
  • A completed Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) with an equivalent ranking to the currently listed ATAR, OR
  • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification, OR
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification, OR
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies, OR
  • Successful completion of two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies

Tuition Fee

  • Domestic students: Commonwealth supported place


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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