Introduction

If you are looking for a rewarding healthcare profession that does not require hands-on patient care, then studying Biomedical Laboratory Science might be the best option for you. According to Payscale’s data, the average salary of a Biomedical Scientist is around AU$59571 per annum. As a Biomedical laboratory scientist, you will be working in the pathology industry, normally in hospitals, or in either public or private laboratories.

Why study Biomedical Laboratory Science in Australia?

1. In demand career

According to the data from the Australian Government, there is a demand for Biomedical Lab Scientists all over Australia, especially in Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW). The demand for this career is significant because very few universities offer programs to study this particular field.

 

2. Internationally recognised

The qualification that you gain is accredited by the  Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). This means, your qualification will be internationally recognised, especially if it is from Victoria. You’ll also be eligible for membership in the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

 

3. Multiple start dates

Australian universities will normally have 2 or 3 intakes each year, which makes it more flexible for international students to commence their program based on their individual situation.

 

4. Stay longer in Australia

By studying 2 years or more in a higher education Biomedical Laboratory Science degree, students will be eligible for a 2-8-year Post Study Working Visa. Graduates can utilise these visa opportunities to get more work experience in Australia. For Biomedical Laboratory Science students, they can also use this working visa to prepare for their future migration options.

Career outcomes after graduation 

  • Biochemist
  • Cytologist
  • Hospital Scientist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Pathology Scientist
  • Research Scientist

Course Options

  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Diploma of Health Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Diploma of Health Sciences
  • Master of Biomedical Laboratory Science
  • Master of Laboratory Medicine
  • PhD (Laboratory and Clinical Science)

Entry Requirements 

  • For a Diploma course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or equivalent and attained IELTS 5.5
  • For a Bachelor’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or equivalent, or a Diploma and attained IELTS 6.5
  • For a Master’s course, normally applicants are required to have successfully completed a recognised Bachelor’s degree in biomedical or medical health disciplines as well as attained IELTS 6.5.

Subject prerequisites

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics

What courses might you study for your Biomedical Laboratory Science degree in Australia? 

  • Quantitative Skills for Health Scientists
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Microbial Diagnostics
  • Histopathology
  • Endocrinology

Professional Accreditation 

Biomedical Laboratory Science degrees are accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS) in most universities in Australia. Therefore, graduates will have completed the academic and work placement requirements for admission as a full member.

Expected salary as a laboratory scientist in Australia 

  • The medium base annual salary for a graduate laboratory scientist is AU$78,993.
  • The medium base annual salary for an experienced laboratory scientist is AU$116,646.

School Recommendations: 

Diploma Level: 

  • Griffith Diploma of Health Sciences
  • TAFE QLD Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Bachelor’s Level:

  • QUT Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Griffith Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • CSU Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Pathology)
  • JCU Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)
  • CQU Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

Master’s Level: 

  • JCU Master of Medical Science – Medical Laboratory Science major
  • CSU Master of Medical Science – with specialisations
  • UTAS Master of Laboratory Medicine
  • RMIT Master of Laboratory Medicine

Interested in studying Biomedical Laboratory Science in Australia? 

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