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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

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Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II


The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science consists of two parts, being a pre-selection phase followed by the professional phase.

1. Admission to the Pre-selection Phase of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified.

2. Entry to the Professional Phase is by selection in accordance with criteria established by the Medical Laboratory Science Examinations Sub-Committee, which will include consideration of Grade (Point) Average across the best 7 courses for the pre-selection phase.

3. Candidates must make application to be considered for selection.

Qualification Requirements

4. Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 480 credits, comprising:

(a) a first part, second part, third part, and fourth part; the courses for each part are prescribed in the Schedule to the Degree;

and including

(b) attending tutorials, laboratories, and practica as required;

(c) successful completion of two placements.


5. The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is awarded without specialisations.

Academic Requirements

6. Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science shall perform to the satisfaction of the Academic Board, approved practical work of 900 hours over 2 placements of 15 weeks duration in approved Medical Laboratories, in accordance with the requirements of the following courses:

(a) 202.471 Advanced Haematology;

(b) 202.472 Advanced Transfusion Science;

(c) 202.473 Advanced Histological Technique;

(d) 202.476 Human Cytogenetics;

(e) 202.477 Immunology and Virology;

(f) 202.478 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry;

(g) 202.479 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology.

Placements will be allocated in consideration of subject preference, availability, Grade (Point) Average, and may include an interview and selection.

A pass in each course is conditional upon satisfactory completion of practical work in accordance with the conditions approved by the Medical Laboratory Science Programme Committee.

Student Progression

7. The Academic Board may, under such conditions as it may determine and taking into account the recommendations of the examiners, permit a candidate to progress from Part One to Two, Two to Three, and Three to Four through the award of a Combined Results Pass.

8. Candidates may not proceed to Part Four until all prior Parts have been successfully completed.

9. In cases of sufficient academic merit over the Third and Fourth Parts, the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science may be awarded with distinction.

Completion Requirements

10. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas and Undergraduate Certificates, and Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates will apply.

11. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

12. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in a compulsory 200- or 300-level course in which they have been enrolled on two occasions;

(b) failure of the practical work component in one or more of the 400-level courses.

13. Persons excluded under clause 15(b) will only be re-admitted to the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science with approval of Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

Transitional Provisions

14. Candidates who have been awarded Restricted passes prior to the commencement of the 2017 academic year may credit a maximum of 45 credits of Restricted passes to the Qualification across the 100-, 200-, and 300-levels. No Restricted passes may be credited at 400-level.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Pre-Selection Phase

Part One (120 credits from)

List A: Compulsory courses

122.102 Biochemistry 15 credits
P 162.101 and (123.101 or 123.104) R 122.222, 227.111

123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems 15 credits
R 123.171

161.130 Introductory Biostatistics 15 credits
R 161.100, 161.101, 161.120, 161.140, 115.101

162.101 Cell Biology 15 credits

194.101 Introductory Physiology 15 credits

247.155 Communication in the Sciences 15 credits
R 119.155, 119.177 or 247.177, 140.125, 140.150, 230.100, 230.111, 228.111, 141.111, 246.102

List B: Highly recommended courses

123.102 Chemistry and the Material World 15 credits
R 123.172

List C: Elective courses

124.111 Physics for Life Sciences 15 credits
R 124.101, 124.171

158.100 Introductory Concepts for Information Technology 15 credits

160.101 Calculus 15 credits
R 160.112, 160.133, 228.172

160.102 Algebra 15 credits
R 160.112, 160.133, 228.172

160.103 Introductory University Mathematics 15 credits
R A student who has passed 160.131, 160.132, 160.133, 160.101, 160.111, 160.112, 228.171 or 228.172 may not be also credited with a pass in 160.103 that is obtained in either the same or a subsequent examination period.

160.111 Mathematics 1A 15 credits
P 160.103 or 160.131 or 160.132 R 160.101, 160.102, 228.171

160.132 Concepts in Mathematics 15 credits
R 160.101, 160.102, 160.103, 160.111, 160.112, 160.131, 228.171, 228.172. 160.132 may not be taken after 160.133 has been passed.

160.133 Processes in Mathematics 15 credits
P 160.132, or 160.111, or 228.171, or 160.101, or 160.102, or 160.103, or A- or better in 160.131 R 160.112, 228.172, both of 160.101, 160.102. And, 160.133 may not be taken at the same time as any of 160.101, 160.102 or 160.111.

199.101 Biology of Animals 15 credits

Any other course offered by the University

Professional Phase

Part Two (120 credits from)

122.231 Genes and Gene Expression 15 credits
P 123.101, 162.101

122.233 Metabolic Biochemistry 15 credits
P 122.102

162.211 Biology and Genetics of Microorganisms 15 credits
P 162.101 or 123.104

162.283 Medical Microbiology 15 credits
P 162.211

194.241 Physiological Control Systems 15 credits
P 194.101

194.242 Physiology of Mammalian Organ Systems 15 credits
P 194.101 or 117.155

Part Three (120 credits from)

203.300 DNA Technology 15 credits
P 122.231 R 203.340

Courses as specified for Part Three in the 2018 Calendar

Part Four (120 credits from)

202.471 Advanced Haematology 60 credits
P 202.381 R 202.481

202.472 Advanced Transfusion Science 60 credits
P 202.382 R 202.482

202.473 Advanced Histological Technique 60 credits
P 202.372 R 202.483

202.476 Human Cytogenetics 60 credits
P 202.371

202.477 Immunology and Virology 60 credits
P 162.384, 162.389

202.478 Advanced Clinical Biochemistry 60 credits
P 122.382, 162.389 R 122.482

202.479 Diagnostic Medical Microbiology 60 credits
P 162.384 R 162.481