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Master of Diagnostic Pathology - 315JA

Course Code: 315JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Diagnostic Pathology
UAC Code: 880718
CRICOS Code: 087837B
Lowest Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

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Become a master of the pathology lab

If you’re a medical scientist or currently working in medical diagnostics and contemplating a move into pathology, then the two-year Master of Diagnostic Pathology will provide you with the industry-centred study options and training necessary to specialise in medical laboratory science. Run collaboratively with both ACT and NSW pathology units, the course offers professional instruction by science professionals and is supported by UC’s academic staff.

You’ll take part in a semester-long Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement in an accredited pathology laboratory and will also undertake an individual research project in an area of relevance to you and your future career aspirations. You’ll graduate having made solid connections with potential healthcare employers, and ready to take your next career steps working in a hospital or private pathology lab, blood transfusion service, public health lab, university research lab or in private enterprise.

Study a Master of Diagnostic Pathology at UC and you will:

  • develop an advanced level of knowledge and skills in diagnostic testing relevant to haematology, tissue processing and microtomy, medical microbiology, blood transfusion and other disciplines
  • have an advanced knowledge of the use of quality systems in the clinical laboratory, the metabolism and functions of common hormones and electrolytes, and pathophysiological alterations pertinent to human biochemistry
  • describe the cellular and molecular mechanisms of genetic modification and relate these to the generation of genetic diversity and disorders
  • have an advanced knowledge of point-of-care testing and its applications in disease screening and monitoring at the point of patient care and beyond
  • understand how to safely and appropriately collect a range of biological specimens for analysis including, but not limited to, blood and urine.

Work Integrated Learning

As part of this course’s commitment to Work Integrated Learning (WIL), you’ll undertake between 9 and 12 weeks of full-time professional placement in a diagnostic pathology lab in a hospital environment. You’ll also develop a specialised health research project to suit your interests and clinical specialty which provides a real-world research experience, and you’ll acquire skills in data collection, data analysis and interpretation, project management, effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

Career opportunities

  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Laboratory technical officer
  • Research scientist
  • Medical product manufacturer
  • Pharmaceutical product manufacturer

Course-specific information

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • hold a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, or a related discipline such as medical science, medical laboratory science or pharmacy, with a Credit or higher average
  • hold a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, or a related discipline such as medical science, medical laboratory science or pharmacy, and have a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience*
  • hold a completed Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Diagnostic Pathology from the University of Canberra.

*Relevant work experience is paid work undertaken in the capacity of a medical laboratory scientist or laboratory technical officer in a pathology laboratory (e.g. clinical diagnostic laboratory) in areas other than reception and blood collection.

Applicants will be required to:

  • undertake a National Police Check
  • confirm that your health status is suitable for full-time study and the completion of clinical placements
  • provide your immunisation records prior to commencing clinical placement.?

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email student.centre@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
A) Hold a bachelor degree in medical science, or related discipline*, with a credit or higher average
B) Hold a bachelor degree in medical science, or related discipline* and have a minimum of two years relevant work experience**
C) Hold a completed graduate certificate or graduate diploma in diagnostic pathology.

*A related discipline is biomedical science, medical laboratory science, pharmacy

**Relevant work experience is paid work undertaken in the capacity as a medical scientist or laboratory technical officer in a pathology laboratory (e.g. clinical diagnostic laboratory) in areas other than reception and blood collection.

Additional Admission Requirements

This course requires students to undertake clinical placements in health facilities and applicants will be required to adhere to the relevant policies.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2018 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1
2019 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Diagnostic Pathology M DiagnosticPathology

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Diploma in Diagnostic Pathology Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic Pathology

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2018 $22,850 $35,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge.
To provide specialised and in-depth knowledge and problem solving skills used in the investigation of pathology samples for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease in patients.
- UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology; and
- UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Skills.
To provide the communication and specialised knowledge to prepare graduates with the practical, technical and theoretical skills for employment and professional development of medical scientists.
- UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology;
- UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession;
- UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively;
- UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload; and
- UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Application of knowledge and skills.
To provide an understanding of the social context of professional employment and the responsibilities that it entails.
- UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity;
- UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware;
- UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives;
- UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
- UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time. Maximum twelve semesters.

Honours

None.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Students of the Mater of Diagnostic Pathology course may wish to have an early exit with a Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic Pathology or a Graduate Diploma in Diagnostic Pathology award.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2018 NO NO

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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