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Laboratory Medicine

Interested in Laboratory Medicine?

Make the diagnosis that could save lives, as you prepare for a rewarding career as an Accredited Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Studying the only degree in SA accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) will see you graduate with the knowledge and skills to enter the exciting world of diagnostic pathology, or research. As a Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours) graduate, your work will have a vital bearing on the welfare of patients, supporting clinicians in the diagnosis, management and treatment of disease, conducting research into causes and cures of disease, and developing improved methods for disease detection.

We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Surgical Pathology Preparation or Master of Health Services Management if you’re looking to specialise or expand your career opportunities.


Key features

  • Get ahead of the crowd with a highly regarded honours degree.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in diagnostic pathology or research.
  • Study at the No.1 in SA for careers and teaching quality in Science and Mathematics.1
  • Choose to complete a research course or an extra clinical placement, depending on your interests.
  • Gain practical experience in on-campus, purpose-built laboratories.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including Masters by Research and doctoral studies.
  • Study the only degree in South Australia accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Why UniSA?

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,1 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands, so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

You’ll gain real industry experience in a clinical setting, and will benefit from our state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, including specialised laboratories. Some students may also complete research projects in the new $247m UniSA Cancer Research Institute.

You’ll be taught by industry professionals and our teachers through a practical approach to learning, which means you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct hands-on experience.

This qualification will set you apart from your competitors and will provide you with advanced knowledge of and skills in research methodology and research practice.

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50 

UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence.

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 areas such as:

  • 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 May 2023, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 250,300 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business – Occupational Employment Projections 2018

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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 Outcomes Survey 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

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