PhD in Medical Laboratory Science

RMIT University

Program Description

PhD in Medical Laboratory Science

RMIT University

PhD in Medical Laboratory Science

This PhD program offers opportunities to join a leading research team, gain research skills and specialist knowledge and embark on a biomedical research career.

RMIT's School of Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the new Health Innovations Research Institute (HIRi), has established a major hub for biomedical research at Bundoora campus west. Together they have several internationally recognised research groups (with ERA ratings of 4 and 5) that draw together the breadth of biomedical research excellence at RMIT and support multidisciplinary and collaborative research to address key health issues facing the Australian community.

Master and PhD qualifications enable you to embark on a research career or to work in a higher administrative capacity in a research team. Programs cater for those wishing to gain skills in conducting research or to study a particular area of interest, or for those with a thirst for new knowledge.

The multidisciplinary nature of laboratory medicine offers excellent opportunities to conduct leading edge biotechnology and biomedical research. The discipline areas covered include:

  • biochemistry
  • natural products
  • molecular biology
  • immunology
  • haematology
  • histopathology
  • pathology
  • transfusion/transplantation science.

Program structure

This program involves the intensive investigation of a highly specialised individual research project.

Program entry requirements

Entry into a Research program at RMIT is not based solely on academic achievement and applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements to be considered for candidature.


One of the following:

  • Successful completion of an Australian Masters by Research degree or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an Australian Masters by Coursework degree or equivalent WITH a research component graded as a distinction (GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00).
  • Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor (Honours) degree graded as first or second class (over 70% or GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00).

Alternate entry:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but can demonstrate extensive knowledge and appropriate research experience in the field of study may be considered for entry if they can supply evidence of their knowledge, experience and ability to undertake the program. Examples of such evidence can include previous academic standing, peer and non-peer reviewed quality research publications and exhibitions, professional esteem, or significant relevant industry and professional experience.
Selection tasks

All research programs require you to:

  • Submit a research proposal outlining:
    • area of research to be undertaken
    • research methodology
    • literature review
    • expected outcome/s of research.
  • Identify a suitable RMIT academic supervisor. Research candidatures are subject to the availability of an academic supervisor and suitability of research.
  • Submit a folio or additional information if you are applying for a studio based research program within the art, architecture or design related disciplines on request.

English language requirements

To undertake most research programs at RMIT, you must have achieved one of the following English proficiency test results within the last 2 years:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum score) 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 (no band less than Good)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 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
July 2017
Feb. 2017
4 years
Full time
30,720 AUD
Start date July 2017
Australia Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date June 30, 2017
Duration 4 years
Price 30,720 AUD
Start date Feb. 2017
Australia Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date Dec. 22, 2017
Duration 4 years
Price 30,720 AUD