University of Technology Sydney

C11342v1 Graduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science (GradCertMedLabSc)
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online, with an option to undertake one elective subject on City Campus


Part-time and fully online study is available.

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their full application by the following dates to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

  • Autumn 2022: Sunday 9 January 2022
  • Spring 2022: Sunday 19 June 2022

This course is not offered to international students.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science encompasses a broad range of biomedical science disciplines and is designed to open new career prospects for science graduates in medical diagnostic laboratories and to enhance the knowledge and skills of established medical laboratory scientists. Core subjects have been co-developed with industry experts and include the areas of Medical Microbiology, Diagnostic Pathology and Biomolecular Science to meet the specific areas of expertise required of this field.

This program is co-developed and co-directed with industry and is offered as an immersive online learning experience. The flexible online learning environment permits remote, rural, and regional access for job seekers and existing workforce, or those seeking to transition career into medical testing laboratories. As an industry co-developed course, students are able to extend their skills through authentic work-integrated learning experiences to build skills that enhance their employability and career pathways.

Career options

Career options include positions in hospital laboratories, diagnostic medical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, biomedical and biotechnology industries, biomedical science information dissemination and education.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Analyse: Engage with and appraise knowledge in pathology in the context of medical laboratory management.
1.2 Synthesise: Develop a professional identity through engagement with scientific knowledge to demonstrate depth, breadth, application and interrelationships of analytical laboratory skills.
1.3 Evaluate: Evaluate the application of in-depth and up-to-date technical knowledge and research principles in pathology in a context relevant to professional and laboratory practice.
2.1 Analyse: Evaluate relevant scientific literature in the investigation of complex medical and. diagnostic problems.
2.2 Synthesise: Tackle the challenge of real-world laboratory pathology by analysing and evaluating different solutions to complex diagnostic problems.
2.3 Evaluate: Assess appropriate approaches to independent research adopting relevant analytical testing techniques in the context of laboratory pathology.
3.1 Analyse: Collaborate in laboratory work practices that demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, ethical conduct, risk management, organisation and collaborative skills, and record keeping in the context of a professional pathology laboratory.
3.2 Synthesise: Appraise ethical solutions to pathology testing problems that can impact on society.
3.3 Evaluate: Design and execute appropriately judged professional and technical solutions to diagnostic problems incorporating a regard for, and understanding of, the needs and consideration of relevant stakeholders within the profession.
4.1 Analyse: Find and reflect on the value, integrity, and relevance of multiple sources of information to derive solutions to complex diagnostic problems.
4.2 Synthesise: Self reflect on the processes used to acquire and apply knowledge and skills with a level of personal autonomy within the laboratory environment.
4.3 Evaluate: Evaluate solutions to medical diagnostic needs through innovation, creativity, curiosity, application of technologies, and commitment to self-directed learning.
5.1 Analyse: Advise on appropriate communication approaches from a variety of methods (oral, written, visual) to communicate with discipline experts, scientists, industry, and the general public.
5.2 Synthesise: Appraise and communicate complex ideas and justifications in a rigorous, effective and professional manner across all mediums to a range of audiences using appropriate media.
5.3 Evaluate: Exhibit the use of appropriate interpersonal communication skills with peers, industry representatives, government, and members of the public.
6.1 Analyse: Inquire into historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and experiences with respect to laboratory diagnostics.
6.2 Synthesise: Advocate cultural values for ethical and respectful practices when dealing with pathology testing.
6.3 Evaluate: Articulate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in relation to professional laboratory practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

The program is online, with an option to undertake one elective subject on City Campus. Applicants must choose "Internal" attendance mode in the UTS Online Application System.

Recognition of prior learning

No exemptions are granted as recognition of prior learning.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-session, full-time or one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points made up of 18 credit points of core subjects and 6 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

69505 Medical Microbiology 6cp
69504 Diagnostic Pathology 6cp
69506 Biomolecular Science 6cp
CBK92024 Electives (Medical Laboratory Science) 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Autumn or Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn or Spring session
69505 Medical Microbiology   6cp
69504 Diagnostic Pathology   6cp
69506 Biomolecular Science   6cp
CBK92024 Electives (Medical Laboratory Science)   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science, students gain full recognition of prior learning to the Graduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (C06143).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222