Course Description

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of disease as you build a strong foundation for your future career in Laboratory Medicine.
Clinical terminology like haematology (the study and treatment of blood), immunology (the study of the immune system and how our bodies protect us from pathogens), histopathology (the study of how disease causes changes in tissues) and molecular pathology (the examination of molecules within organs, tissues and fluids) will become part of your professional vocabulary as you develop skills in the handling of patient material and laboratory testing to guide medical decision making.
Laboratory Medicine is a four-year course where you’ll complete a three year double major, along with a fourth-year that includes work integrated learning.
7 reasons to study Laboratory Medicine

Murdoch has recently been ranked well above world standard in Clinical Sciences and Medical Microbiology and above world standard in immunology and genetics.
You’ll study in a major health precinct including three hospitals and a medical research institute.
You’ll learn from lecturers who are making a real-word impact with their research and have extensive experience in laboratory medicine.
Prepare for the workforce or further study with the inclusion of cutting-edge advances in modern diagnostic science.
Learn on the latest instrumentation as part of our extensive hands-on practical training, including industry placements within diagnostic pathology laboratories.
If you’re aiming to study postgraduate medicine (or other medically-related vocations), you’ll be well prepared to apply when you finish this course.
You will have honours and higher research opportunities both on and off campus thanks to our strong links to Perth’s medical research institutes.

Some of the things you’ll learn

clinical microbiology
clinical biochemistry
clinical haematology
pathological basis of disease
diagnostic genomics.

Your future career
Pursue a range of roles in public or private diagnostic pathology, research or working in laboratories as a technician.


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at Murdoch University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 74.0% (national average 67.0%)
Improved skills: 82.6% (national average 85.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 82.2% (national average 83.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Murdoch University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at Murdoch University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 57.4% (national average 57.2%)
Studying full time: 27.4% (national average 45.2%)
Median full time salary: $54,500 (national average $55,300)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Murdoch University Code: B1337

Entry Requirements

Selection Rank: 70