Medical Scientists form the largest sector of healthcare professionals worldwide, after doctors and nurses.
They are key people who work behind the scenes to perform diagnostic tests of blood, tissues and other bodily fluids to help doctors diagnose diseases such as glandular fever, diabetes, influenza and even cancer.
Medical Scientists can also suggest treatment options and help manage clinical trials.
Why study Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science?
Griffith's Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is designed to meet growing demand for professionally-qualified medical laboratory scientists.
Our four-year program will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to work as a medical scientist in diagnostics and pathology.
Technology will be integral to your learning, whether it’s in our state-of-the-art laboratory spaces or through our 3D virtual reality simulation on mobile devices.
You’ll develop specialist knowledge in the areas of:
- transfusion and transplantation
- clinical biochemistry
- clinical microbiology
As a Medical Laboratory Science student, you’ll complete extensive laboratory work and research projects to develop your technical knowledge and skills.
All students will complete:
- Year 1 — more than 80 hours of laboratory work and computer work
- Year 2 — more than 120 hours of work-integrated learning in laboratory environments
- Year 3 — about 300 hours of work-integrated learning, in laboratory/professional settings
- Year 4 — the entire first semester (more than 400 hours) in clinical placements encompassing all areas of medical laboratory science and a research project.
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake interstate or even overseas placements in public hospitals, private clinics and veterinary labs.
Medical scientists work in a variety of fields including:
- disease prevention, management and control
- human and animal health care
- drug development and evaluation
- nutrition and cosmetics
- forensic science
- public and private hospitals
- Red Cross
- QML Pathology
- Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
- Mater Hospitals and Health Services
Exceptional graduate employment
Our first two sets of graduates in 2014 and 2015 were 100% employed before graduation or enrolled in postgraduate study by 1 January of the following year.
Due to the continuing growth of the healthcare sector and a shortage of highly-skilled medical scientists, future Griffith graduates will experience similar demand for their services.
Australian and international recognition
Through your extensive practical training and accreditation with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) and the UK’s Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), you’ll be able to enter the global workforce immediately upon graduation.