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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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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 30 October — Saturday 17 February

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Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Monday 22 January — Wednesday 31 January

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Monday 26 February — Saturday 23 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 26 February 2018 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 June.

Sunday 8 April — Monday 9 April

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Tuesday 1 May — Saturday 20 January

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Wednesday 2 May — Thursday 3 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 3 May — Sunday 6 May

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Wednesday 9 May — Saturday 20 January

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Thursday 10 May — Saturday 20 January

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Friday 11 May — Saturday 12 May

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Monday 14 May — Saturday 20 January

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Tuesday 15 May — Saturday 20 January

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Tuesday 15 May — Saturday 20 January

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

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Tuesday 15 May — Saturday 20 January

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - South Bank campus

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Thursday 17 May — Saturday 20 January

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

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Monday 21 May — Friday 25 May

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Tuesday 22 May — Saturday 20 January

Parent and Student Advice Night - Nathan campus

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Thursday 24 May — Saturday 20 January

Parent and Student Advice Night - Gold Coast campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university.  

Tuesday 29 May — Saturday 20 January

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Mackay

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Wednesday 30 May — Saturday 20 January

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Tuesday 19 June — Saturday 20 January

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Thursday 21 June — Saturday 20 January

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

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Monday 9 July — Saturday 20 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 9 July . Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 6 to Saturday 20 October.