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    Graduate Diploma of Medical Science
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    Graduate Diploma of Medical Science

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Program Level

    Graduate Diploma

    Study Type

    Full Time


    On Campus

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 1 year
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 42,640  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Graduate Diploma of Medical Science


    Learn from industry professionals in JCU’s cutting-edge custom laboratories. Network and form professional relationships with potential future employers.

    Build on your existing medical, biomedical or clinical knowledge and experience with JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Medical Science. This one-year degree has two pathways for students, one as a Medical Laboratory scientist (MLS) and the other as a Clinical Measurements scientist (CMS). You’ll have extensive opportunities to apply your theoretical skills as you complete clinical placement at public and private Clinical Measurements or Medical Science Laboratories.

    Through this graduate certificate, you will gain advanced skills that will enable you to work in high-demand areas including regional, rural, remote, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Throughout your placement, you will apply recognised methods and tools of medical science to the process of enquiry and discovery, particularly in a clinical/medical investigative context. You will develop strong skills in communicating information to those with and without a medical or scientific knowledge base.

    As you complete the Graduate Diploma of Medical Sciences, you will transition to work alongside experts in the clinical and medical laboratory science field; the network connections that you make and professional relationships that you form will have the potential to lead to future employment.

    Course pre-requisites and admission requirements

    Course pre-requisites and admission requirements

    This Graduate Diploma of Medical Sciences requires completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in biomedical sciences or an equivalent related degree.

    Students wishing to complete the Graduate Diploma of Medical Science with a Medical Laboratory Science major will be admitted on a case-by-case basis following discussions with the academic advisor for biomedical sciences. This will ascertain their completion of subjects in their undergraduate degree which fulfil the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS) requirements for accreditation.

    This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, the requirement to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card, federal police check and/or other requirements that students must comply with. Students must complete all Professional Experience Placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of all certifications in order to stay admitted in the course.

    You will find your course requirements on the JCU Professional experience placement website.

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    View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Medical Science.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    AQF level 7 bachelor degree in biomedical sciences or cognate degree; or equivalent

    English language requirements

    Band 2

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    As a JCU Medical Science graduate, you will be equipped with specialist skills that enable employment in a variety of medical settings.

    By choosing the Clinical Sciences major you could work as a clinical scientist, cardiac scientist, respiratory scientist, sleep scientist, or neuroscientist. By choosing the Medical Science major you could specialise in areas of diagnostic pathology such as clinical microbiology, haematology or transfusion science. Alternatively, you could find opportunities in clinical biochemistry, histopathology, immunology, serology, or laboratory management. Some graduates also go on to study the Master of Medical Science.

    Graduates may be eligible for membership with the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

    Graduates (CMS major) may be eligible for membership with Australian Council of Clinical Physiologists (ACCP) or Professionals in Cardiac Sciences Australia (PICSA).

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 42,640 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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