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Medical Laboratory Science degrees


UniSQ's Medical Laboratory Science degrees were designed in collaboration with Pathology Queensland (Qld. Health), the major employer of our graduates. UniSQ's links with Queensland Health and commercial pathology providers ensures you will receive the most current knowledge and access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities with 48-80 days of structured placements in operational pathology laboratories throughout Australia.  

Explore UniSQ's Medical Laboratory Science degrees

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Postgraduate Education
At the age of 24 Constance Coverdale can just about count off the Master of Learning and Teaching as her third degree. In her third year of studying her now completed Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Connie began working as a Laboratory Technician at a local high school. From here, the decision to pursue education next became the obvious choice.
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What is Medical Laboratory Science?
Medical Laboratory Science is a specialised field that focuses on the analysis of biological samples to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases. It involves performing laboratory tests and procedures to analyse patient samples, such as blood, urine, tissue, and other  fluids. With a medical laboratory science degree at UniSQ, you will play a crucial role in healthcare by generating accurate and reliable laboratory results.
How is pathology and chemistry involved in medical laboratory science?

In the realm of Medical Laboratory Science, both pathology and chemistry play essential roles:

  • Pathology is integral to medical laboratory science as it involves the study of diseases, their causes, and the effects they have on the human body. Pathologists and medical laboratory scientists work together to interpret laboratory results, identify abnormalities, and provide valuable insights to aid in patient care.
  • Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, composition, structure, and the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions. Chemistry is instrumental in analysing the composition and properties of biological samples. Within medical laboratory science and chemistry degrees at UniSQ, students delve into the chemical and biochemical processes occurring in the human body. They learn to identify substances, measure concentrations, and assess the impact of various compounds on health.

Undertake a pathology degree and study chemistry at UniSQ to become part of a community dedicated to making a positive impact on patient well-being through medical laboratory science,

What skills are important for success in medical laboratory science?
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills: Medical laboratory scientists must analyse and interpret diverse data, identify patterns, draw accurate conclusions, and make informed decisions.
  • Attention to detail: A meticulous eye is crucial in laboratory procedures involving precise measurements, sample handling, and documentation, ensuring reliable and valid results.
  • Proficiency in laboratory tests and experiments: Competency in conducting various laboratory tests and utilising techniques like microscopy, pipetting, culturing, and molecular assays.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and procedures: A strong understanding of medical terminology and familiarity with laboratory techniques, protocols, and quality control measures.
  • Data interpretation and analysis: Medical laboratory scientists must interpret complex data, understand abnormal results, recognise trends.
  • Chemistry: Proficiency in chemistry enables scientists to comprehend the chemical reactions occurring within biological samples during tests and analyses. 
Will I have opportunities for hands-on experience while pursuing a medical laboratory science degree?

Yes, at UniSQ, we offer opportunities to engage in hands-on learning. Many of our Medical Laboratory Science degrees include practical experience, clinical placements and residential schools for practical and interactive experiences. UniSQ's strong connections with Queensland Health and commercial pathology providers ensure that you gain up-to-date knowledge and have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Depending on the degree you choose, you may undergo structured placements in operational pathology laboratories across Australia, totalling 48-80 days. These practical experiences provide invaluable real-world exposure and enhance your skills in a professional laboratory setting. 

What are the career opportunities for graduates with medical laboratory science degrees?

There are many things you can do with a medical laboratory science and pathology degree from UniSQ including:

  • Medical laboratory technologist or technician
  • Research associate in a laboratory setting
  • Laboratory manager or supervisor
  • Pathology assistant
  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Public health laboratory scientist
  • Molecular biologist. 
Are flexible study options available?

UniSQ understands the need for flexibility to balance your education with other commitments. We provide a range of study options, including on-campus, external, and online which gives you the option to learn your subject theory where and when it suits you.  As an external student, you’ll experience the same level of support and opportunity to connect with others

You can also adjust your sciences degree enrolment to meet your needs. Take one subject at a time, or study extra subjects when life allows

Why study Medical Laboratory Science with UniSQ?
Medical Laboratory Science is a field dedicated to the study of laboratory techniques and procedures employed in disease diagnosis, monitoring, and patient care. These pathology degrees have been meticulously developed in collaboration with Pathology Queensland, offering students the latest knowledge and cutting-edge insights. Gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, enabling you to stay at the forefront of advancements in the field. Extensive practical placements in operational pathology laboratories across Australia will further enhance your learning experience, providing invaluable hands-on training. UniSQ works with you to understand the science, pathology and chemistry principles that underpin the field, providing you with a world-class education. 

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