Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Medicine

RMIT University

Program Description

Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Medicine

RMIT University

Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Medicine

Through this program, you’ll gain a professional qualification that will prepare you for work in diagnostic pathology. You’ll be immersed in the major disciplines of laboratory medicine.

As a graduate, you’ll be well placed for employment as a medical scientist in hospitals and diagnostic pathology laboratories.

This program is suitable for those who have graduated from biomedical science programs or general science programs that have a biological science focus.

Program structure

Due to the requirement to do prerequisite courses before you embark upon your major discipline, most of our students prefer the 2-year part-time option. (International onshore students can only study full-time.)

The part-time program can start in February or July. The full-time program starts in February. Midyear places are available.

The Graduate Diploma consists of 96 credit points and there’s a minimum requirement of 1 major discipline stream. You’ll study courses like:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cytopathology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Transfusion and Transplantation Science.


It’s most likely you’ll work as a medical scientist in diagnostic pathology or in medical research.

Medical scientists work in hospital laboratories, private pathology laboratories, state health laboratories and universities.

In larger hospitals and private laboratories, medical scientists usually specialise in one of the professional disciplines.

Program entry requirements

Completion of an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in science or applied science with major studies in either biological sciences, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pathology, or an approved alternative area.

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
1 year
Full time
30,720 AUD
Start date Feb. 2017
Australia Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 30,720 AUD