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Laboratory Medicine

Interested in Laboratory Medicine?

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Science and Mathematics1.

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to work as an accredited medical scientist in diagnostic pathology, forensics or research.

You will graduate ready for a career in all areas of pathology, with training in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, molecular pathology, haematology and histopathology. You will also gain practical experience in our on-campus laboratories, and have the opportunity to practice these skills in real-world clinical settings when you complete industry placements locally, interstate or overseas.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full Time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

Key features

  • Gain practical experience in on-campus, purpose-built laboratories.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research1.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning.
  • Study the only laboratory medicine degree in South Australia accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Why UniSA?

As a Laboratory Medicine student at UniSA you'll be taught by industry professionals. Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning, which means you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct hands-on experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.

UniSA is Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research1 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international heavyweights to deliver impact and change.

12017 QS Stars Rankings

UniSA offers 4 Laboratory Medicine degrees

Choose your level of study

Short programs

Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.

Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. In the laboratory medicine area we offer the Professional Certificate in Practice Education.

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Your career

Medical scientists support clinicians in the diagnosis, management and treatment of disease, to conduct research into the causes and cures for disease, and to develop improved tests for disease detection.

Employment opportunities are diverse and you will be qualified to work in:

  • histopathology
  • immunology
  • virology
  • transfusion science
  • haematology
  • cytology
  • clinical biochemistry
  • medical microbiology
  • research
  • diagnostic pathology
  • product manufacturing
  • health management
  • veterinary medicine
  • research laboratories
  • universities and other educational institution
Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:

  • SA Pathology
  • Healthscope
  • Clinpath Laboratories
  • Abbott Pathology
  • Forensic Science SA

Industry facts


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Study at UniSA

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine student Fiona shares her experience of her rural placement at SA Pathology in Whyalla, supported by UniSA’s Department of Rural Health.

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What others are saying

I did a six month placement at SA Pathology’s Whyalla Laboratory and the first thing I noticed was how broad the work was. We were doing everything from basic blood testing to liver function, kidney function and transfusion analysis where we match blood products to patients.

Fiona Norris

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

Fiona Norris

Fiona Norris

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

My mother did this degree when she went to University and we’ve always had discussions about science and biology which really fuelled my passion to pursue this field.

Madeleine Jovanovich

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

Madeleine Jovanovich

Madeleine Jovanovich

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

My personal interests in biochemistry and genetics led me to study this degree. After completing placements at SA Pathology, I was lucky enough to gain full-time employment in the field of genetics and molecular pathology as a Medical Scientist and as an accredited parentage reporter.

Mike Attwell

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine
Employment: Medical Scientist, SA Pathology

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Mike Attwell

Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine
<br />Employment: Medical Scientist, SA Pathology

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destination Survey 2014-2016 Full-time Employment Indicator


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017