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What will I learn?

The Diploma of Laboratory Technology is designed for students wanting to broaden their skills and knowledge of laboratory science.

You’ll learn a range of lab techniques that will enable you to contribute to wider scientific discovery. You’ll encounter and can specialize in many industries including, but not limited to: construction materials, pathology, forensics, environmental monitoring, minerals, food and wine.

Upon graduation, with your honed practical skills, you could work as support staff to scientists in research and education.

The Diploma of Laboratory Technology provides a range of laboratory techniques to conduct scientific and technical tests and has a strong emphasis on the development of a range of typical sound practical skills for the biosciences workplace.

Industry sector/specialisations include, but are not limited to:

  • construction materials testing
  • environmental monitoring
  • food testing
  • pathology and/or forensic testing
  • mineral assay
  • wine testing
  • process manufacturing.

Course structure

Students must achieve a total of 15 units, including 5 core and 10 elective units. This course has been structured to enable students to obtain a generic Diploma or a specialisation in either Pathology or Biotechnology.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include:

Biotechnology testing:

Support staff to scientists in research, education and biotechnology industry

Pathology testing:

Support staff to scientists in research, education, pathology and science industry. Aims and objectives

The aim of this course it to further build on the skills and knowledge obtained upon completion of Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques.

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Which department am I in?

Information Technology



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$17,980.00 (9,78,237) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 August 2022


Swinburne University of Technology

Hawthorn Campus,

John Street,



3122, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Entry into this program is based on the following criteria: applicants must hold a Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques or can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant science discipline to this qualification; applicants who have not completed Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques at Swinburne University will need to submit a certified copy of both their Award and Transcript of Results with their application; applicants who have not completed the units MSL Perform aseptic techniques and MSL Perform microscopic examination will need to enrol into Certificate IV Laboratory Techniques at Swinburne University to complete these units prior to enrolling in to MSL50118 Diploma of Laboratory Technology; to apply for workplace training (Traineeship), applicants must be working in a relevant workplace and have employer and other necessary approvals to enrol; applicants will need to demonstrate numeracy and literacy competencies.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 4 Upper Intermediate level) with overall 65%, all skills 60%

minimum IELTS overall band of 5.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 5.0

TOEFL iBT (internet-based) 50 (no less than 5 in reading, 5 in listening, 14 in speaking, 15 in writing)

Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 42 (no communicative skills less than 36)

any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is one of the world’s top young universities, offering industry-aligned courses taught by teachers who are experts in their field.

  • 45th in the Top 50 Under 50 universities in the world
  • Ranked 81st in the world by THE Young University Rankings
  • Rated 82.2% for overall teaching quality
  • 5-stars for teacher- student ratio & overall experience