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Laboratory Medicine

Bachelor of Science (Laboratory Medicine) - BSc(Curtin) - B-LABMED Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 73 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

Medical scientists are vital members of the healthcare profession who perform clinical laboratory diagnostic procedures and conduct research essential for the diagnosis, treatment, understanding and prevention of disease.

This course offers exciting opportunities if you are seeking a challenging career as a professional medical scientist, and also provides an avenue to pursue a career in forensic laboratory science.

Your first year is interprofessional and taken with students from other health sciences degrees. The second year expands your knowledge of the cellular and tissue aspects of pathology, and the individual disciplines of laboratory medicine.

In your third and fourth years, you gain extensive field experience and focus on three of the following major disciplines: clinical biochemistry, diagnostic cytology, haematology and blood transfusion science, histopathology, diagnostic cytology, immunology, and medical microbiology.

You will gain practical experience in areas of medical science through completing a 28-week full-time clinical placement in a hospital or private pathology laboratory.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses


Desirable WACE courses

Chemistry ATAR, Mathematics Applications ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Medical Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Laboratory Worker
  • Medical Laboratory Technician

This course can help you become a Medical Scientist, Forensic Scientist, Laboratory Worker and Medical Laboratory Technician.

Why Laboratory Medicine?

  • Choose from six major areas of specialisation.
  • Learn in high-quality laboratories and facilities.
  • The only degree program in laboratory medicine in Western Australia accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
  • Includes 28 weeks of professional practice in a diagnostic pathology laboratory.
  • This course can provide a career path in forensic science.