AUT - Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science: degree outline

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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science: degree outline

This degree is ideal for students who wish to work as medical laboratory scientist. After you have completed the degree and fulfilled certain conditions stipulated by the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Science Board, you will be able to register and practise as a medical laboratory scientist. This degree is accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, enabling you to work in Australia.

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Quick facts

Programme code: AK3432
Level: 7
Points: 480
Duration: 4 years full time / equivalent part time
Venue: City Campus (some papers may be taught at North Shore Campus)
Starting date: 3 March 2014

AUT University encourages early application. This programme will remain open until all places have been filled.

Admission and entry requirements

Additional Programme Entry Requirements

Must be capable of meeting HPCA requirements and provide a police clearance.
  • NCEA: 14 credits at Level 3 in Biology, Chemistry, Statistics and Modelling (Statistics)
  • CIE: Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics including Statistics


Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic calendar.

Years 1 and 2

You will study core or compulsory papers.

Core papers
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
775111 Microbiology
715184 Applied Statistics
775205 General and Organic Chemistry
775102 Biological Chemistry
775511 Histological Techniques
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
556202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Year 2 papers
776111 Biochemistry
776115 Genetics
776511 Clinical Chemistry I
776513 Haematology I
776515 Medical Microbiology I
776520 Immunology and Virology
776521 Transfusion Science I
777120 Molecular Genetics

Years 3 and 4

You take papers from your subject area of study and undertake your clinical work placements in New Zealand or Australia.

Year 3 papers
776518 Pathology I
776519 Pathology II
566301 Methods of Research and Enquiry
557224 Professional Practice and Ethics
1st Specialisation A
1st Specialisation B
2nd Specialisation A
2nd Specialisation B
777531 Clinical Chemistry I
777532 Clinical Chemistry III
777533 Haematology II
777534 Haematology III
777535 Immunology II
777536 Immunology III
777537 Medical Microbiology II
777538 Medical Microbiology III
777539 Transfusion Science II
777540 Transfusion Science III
777542 Histology
777543 Medical Cytology

Subject areas

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Haematology
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Cytology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Transfusion Science

Clinical placements

Your 2 clinical placement papers may be undertaken anywhere in New Zealand or Australia. New Zealand citizenship is required for a placement in Australia. AUT University cannot guarantee an Auckland placement.

Career opportunities

  • Diagnostic reagent manufacture
  • Laboratory management
  • Marketing of medical equipment and reagents

Graduates and students of science

Other courses you may be interested in

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Business conjoint degree
Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences conjoint degree
Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Science


Last updated: 12 Aug 2013 4:00pm

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