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Medical scientists form one of the largest sectors of healthcare professionals worldwide, after doctors and nurses. There's an increasing demand for these highly trained personnel.

They're the key people working behind the scenes performing diagnostic tests that help doctors diagnose diseases such as glandular fever, diabetes, influenza and even cancer. Medical scientists can also recommend treatment options and help manage clinical trials.

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Study medical diagnostics at Griffith

Prepare for a challenging career as a professional medical scientist

Modern medicine is enhanced enormously by the insights into the human body that a wide range of high tech diagnostic tools provide.

When you study for a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at Griffith, you'll learn how every facet of healthcare is influenced by diagnostics — including pharmaceutical and technology development, patient management and more.

This degree will prepare you to work with top biomedical companies in positions that will transform healthcare. You'll also be prepared for advancement and management positions within the field.

Hands-on clinical placements

You'll complete extensive laboratory work and clinical placement time, starting with 80 hours in Year 1 and growing to 400 hours, comprising your entire first semester in Year 4 and covering all areas of medical laboratory science and a research project. It's all highly hands-on.

Technology will be integral to your learning, whether it's in our ultra-modern laboratory spaces or through 3D virtual reality simulation on mobile devices.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake placements interstate or overseas in public hospitals, private clinics and veterinary labs.

You'll be accredited in Australia with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and internationally through the UK's Institute of Biomedical Science, and be ready to enter the workforce as soon as you graduate.

Janelle Guerrero

Griffith Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

As a successful Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science graduate, Janelle was employed before she had graduated. 'I am now a scientist at Redland Hospital in the medical lab doing blood tests and other biochemistry analysis. It's a lot of fun and hard work but I really enjoy it.'

Janelle Guerrero

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It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

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Over 600 Scholarships available

Career outcomes

Exceptional employment success rates

Almost all Griffith graduates are employed before graduation or enrol in further postgraduate study, once they complete their clinical placements and degree

It's anticipated that future Griffith medical diagnostics graduates will be met with a similar demand for their services, due to the continuing growth of the healthcare sector and a shortage of highly-skilled medical scientists.

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
  • Biotechnology

Potential employers include:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Red Cross
  • QML Pathology
  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
  • Mater Hospitals and Health Services
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Monday 25 February — Saturday 8 June

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Includes study and exam period from Monday 27 May to Saturday 8 June.

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Thursday 2 May — Sunday 5 May

Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo

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Monday 13 May — Thursday 16 May

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Thursday 23 May — Thursday 23 May

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Tuesday 11 June — Tuesday 11 June

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Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Thursday 13 June — Thursday 13 June

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Monday 1 July — Friday 5 July

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Monday 8 July — Friday 4 October

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Includes study and exam period from Tuesday 8 October to Saturday 19 October.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 12 July

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Saturday 20 July — Sunday 21 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 23 July — Tuesday 23 July

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Monday 5 August — Monday 5 August

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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August

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On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 9 September — Tuesday 10 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 12 September — Thursday 12 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Monday 23 September — Friday 4 October

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Monday 21 October — Friday 25 October

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Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October

Application Support Nights

Need help with your university application? Receive personalised advice and assistance from one of our expert study advisers to start and/or complete your university application.

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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December

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