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BSc (Hons) in Medical Laboratory Science

Programme Title:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science

Programme Code:


JUPAS Catalogue No.


Mode of Study:


Normal Duration:

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

125 (plus 10 clinical / field credits)

Fund Type


Programme Intake


Programme Leader

Dr Polly LEUNG






Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme equips graduates with the knowledge, techniques and reasoning skills that are necessary to be qualified as medical laboratory scientists.

Graduates play an important role in a wide range of laboratory-based positions, particularly in hospital pathology laboratories. Their accurate and professional analysis of clinical samples aids physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The qualification that they obtain also enables them to pursue research careers in biomedical science or enter into postgraduate studies.

Programme Characteristics

This programme is the first full-time government-funded programme in medical laboratory science (MLS) in Hong Kong that allows students to enroll directly onto the Part II Registration with the Medical Laboratory Technologists Board of Hong Kong, bypassing the need for any further external examinations.

Medical laboratory science is an important scientific discipline in the healthcare area. Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory analysis of biological fluids, cells and tissues at the cellular, biochemical and molecular levels. These analyses aid in human disease detection and diagnosis, treatment monitoring, health promotion and disease risk assessment, and the investigation of underlying disease mechanisms.

Programme Structure

This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification required for performing diagnostic tests in clinical laboratories in Hong Kong. Graduates will be able to work in the four major discipline areas within medical laboratory science.

The programme has the following major content:

  • Year One studies include compulsory university subjects such as Freshman Seminars for Health Science and fundamental language subjects; Foundation Subjects in medical laboratory science such as Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, General Chemistry, Laboratory Techniques & Safety, and Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation. The core disciplines of medical laboratory science will be introduced in the 1-credit subject Exploring Medical Laboratory Science.

  • Year Two includes more Foundation Subjects in medical laboratory science such as Immunology, Human Biochemistry, Biostatistics and Pathophysiology. The core medical laboratory science disciplines will be further introduced in the 4-credit subject Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science in the first semester, and then one of the four core disciplines - Clinical Chemistry - will be introduced in the second semester.

  • Year Three emphasises the remaining three core medical laboratory science disciplines - Cellular Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Haematology. The year also covers other core subjects, including Introduction to Clinical Research, Molecular Biology in Medicine and Medical Virology.

  • Year Four extends to applied subjects such as Human Genetics, Molecular Diagnosis of Human Disease, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare, and one Elective Subject from a range of other cross-disciplinary health-related subject areas. The core medical laboratory science disciplines are further enhanced through the integrative subject of Current Topics in Laboratory Medicine. There is also a 9-credit laboratory-based Research Project in the Final Year.

Students are required to undertake a 12-week clinical attachment in the local medical laboratories in Hong Kong. The first clinical attachment takes place during the summer period between Years Two and Three (three weeks of Clinical Chemistry). The second clinical attachment takes place during the summer period between Years Three and Four (nine weeks in total including three weeks each of Cellular Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Haematology).

In addition to lectures, tutorials, case studies and seminars, this programme contains a substantial amount of laboratory-based practical work.

Career Prospects

A wide range of career opportunities are open to graduates of this programme, including careers in medical laboratories in both public and private sectors (e.g. hospitals and clinics), the medical biotechnology sector, environmental science, and the agricultural and food testing industries. Graduates can also choose to pursue careers in academic or research areas through further study to Master or PhD level.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration (Part II) with the Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) Board of Hong Kong. Registration is legally required to practise as a medical laboratory technician/technologist in local medical laboratories.

Graduates are also eligible for (i) Licentiate Membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS, UK), which is an internationally recognised professional qualification, and (ii) sitting the Certificate Examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology International (MT, ASCPi).

Entrance Requirements

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements of 4 core and 2 elective subjects with:

  • Level 3 in English Language, Chinese Language and two elective subjects; and
  • Level 2 in Mathematics and Liberal Studies.


There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred elective subjects for the programme include:

  • Biology;
  • Chemistry; and
  • Combined Science with Biology and Chemistry.

Satisfactory performance in preferred subjects will have a positive influence on admission selection. However, applicants who have not taken the preferred subjects will still be considered for admission but they may need to take relevant underpinning subjects after admission to PolyU to gain the necessary foundation knowledge.

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism
Any Best 6 Subjects (Click here for an explanation)

Other Information
Normal colour vision is not one of the admission criteria, but applicants should note that normal colour vision may be required for employment in the medical laboratory profession.

Subject with the Highest Weighting in the Calculation of Admission Scores

We give the highest weighting in the calculation of admission scores to the following subjects:

  • English;
  • Mathematics;
  • Extended modules of Mathematics;
  • Biology;
  • Chemistry; and
  • Combined Science with Biology and Chemistry.


For latest admission info, please visit Study@PolyU and eAdmission.

Applicants applying for admission on the basis of HKDSE results should submit their applications via JUPAS website.



For further information, please contact:

Telephone: (852) 3400 8578
Fax: (852) 2362 4365
E-mail: hti.dept@polyu.edu.hk

For more details of the programme, please visit Study@PolyU website.



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