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Master of Laboratory Medicine - Coursework and Dissertation

This course provides an in-depth knowledge of the patho-physiological basis of disease.


The Master of Laboratory Medicine is a 96 point course consisting of 36 points of core units and 60 points of discipline-specific units.

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Course description, features and facilities

This course provides an in-depth knowledge of the patho-physiological basis of disease. While developing proficiency in advanced laboratory techniques and expertise in the logical use and interpretation of laboratory tests, students also acquire knowledge of the clinical utility and scientific basis of laboratory tests and the statistical tools for assessment of their value and reliability.

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

Take all units (30 points):

S1PATH5511Clinical Laboratory Skills 1
NSPATH5512Research Project Proposal
S2PATH5514Clinical Laboratory Skills 2
NSPATH5515Research Communications
NSPATH5516Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Genetics

Anatomical Pathology specialisation

Take all units (66 points):

NSPATH5530Anatomical Pathology Research Project (12 points)
NSPATH5531Foundations of Surgical Pathology
NS, T1PATH5532Surgical Anatomy, Grossing Techniques and Histology
NSPATH5533Surgical Pathology 1—Genitourinary and Dermatopathology
NSPATH5534Surgical Pathology 2—Gastrointestinal and Hepatopancreatic
NSPATH5535Surgical Pathology 3—Breast and Respiratory
NSPATH5536Surgical Pathology 4—Haematolymphoid and Endocrine
NSPATH5537Surgical Pathology 5—Soft Tissue and Bone
NSPATH5538Surgical Pathology 6—Neuropathology, Head and Neck
NSPATH5545Infectious Disease and Tumour Immunology

Clinical Biochemistry specialisation

Take all units (66 points):

NSPATH5513Biochemistry Research Project (12 points)
NSPATH5520Lipids and Cardiovascular Risk Markers and Iron
N/APATH5521Pharmacogenetics, Drug Monitoring and Toxicology
NSPATH5522Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Newborn Screening and Paediatric Biochemistry
NSPATH5524Liver Function
NSPATH5525Electrolytes , Renal Function and Calculi
NSPATH5526Clinical Enzymology, Tumour Markers and Proteins
N/APATH5527Endocrine System 1
N/APATH5528Endocrine System 2
NSPATH5529Potassium and Acid-base Balance

Clinical Genetics specialisation

Take all units (66 points):

NSPATH5553Clinical Laboratory Cytogenetics Theory
NSPATH5554Clinical Laboratory Cytogenetics Practicum
NSPATH5555Mutation Detection—Laboratory Analytical Methods
NSPATH5556Molecular Genetics Theory
NSPATH5557Molecular Genetics Practicum 1
NSPATH5558Molecular Genetics Practicum 2
NSPATH5560Clinical Genetics Research Project (24 points)

Clinical Immunology specialisation

Take all units (66 points):

NSPATH5543Principles of Human Immunology
NSPATH5545Infectious Disease and Tumour Immunology
NSPATH5546Hypersensitivity and Allergy
NSPATH5549Transplantation Immunology
NSPATH5550Clinical Immunology Research Project (24 points)

Clinical Microbiology specialisation

Take all units (66 points):

S1MICR5830Principles of Mycology and Parasitology
S2MICR5833Antimicrobial Agents
S2MICR5836Public and Environmental Health Microbiology
S1PATH5571Multiresistant Organisms
S1PATH5572Molecular Microbiology
S1, S2PATH5573Microbiology Research Project (24 points)
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
NSPUBH5761Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases

Haematology specialisation

Take all units (66 points):

NSPATH5561Diagnostics Methods I—Cellular Analysis
NSPATH5562Diagnostics Methods II—Molecular and Genetic Techniques
NSPATH5563Acute Leukaemia
NSPATH5564Lymphoproliferative Disorders
NSPATH5565Mature Plasma Cell Neoplasms
NSPATH5566Myeloproliferative and Myelodysplastic Disorders
NSPATH5567Complications Requiring Laboratory Support—Transfusion
NSPATH5568Complications Requiring Laboratory Support—Coagulation
NSPATH5569Haematological Transplantation
NSPATH5570Haematology Research Project (12 points)

Career opportunities

This degree is designed for professionals interested in further study who are seeking to familiarise themselves with recent developments in the field, or to enhance their intellectual and research skills.

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Further study opportunities

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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This course is available to all students other than those holding an international student visa.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) at least two years of postgraduate laboratory experience in a biomedical discipline.

English competency

See the full list of English Language Requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.  

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How to apply

This course is available to all students other than those holding an international student visa.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact details - admission information

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):


Annual fee: $9267.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information


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  2. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

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Master of Laboratory Medicine - Coursework and Dissertation: the details

Available 2014
Locations offered
Attendance types
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Standard full-time completion
This course is only available part-time.
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
Pauline Ferguson
School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
9346 3175
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