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MSc in Medical Laboratory Science

Programme Title:

Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Programme Code:


Stream Code:

MMF (Full-time)
MMP (Part-time)

Mode of Study:

Mixed Mode

Normal Duration:

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type


Programme Leader

Dr Cesar WONG


This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology.





  • 讓他們在各自的專業學科上作深入探究,藉以全面提升他們的專業知識,從而有助其日後在事業上的發展。
  • 擴闊學生在醫療科學及科技範疇上的視野,使他們能夠應付當前日新月異不斷轉變的工作要求。
  • 讓同學可以在實習的環境中,有效地測試其在日後工作崗位上可能會遇到的種種相關問題。


  • 擴闊並深化學生對醫療化驗科學的專業知識;
  • 採用新穎的化驗診斷技術;
  • 以小組合作方式研究常見病症;
  • 探討管理原理在臨床實驗室的應用;
  • 加强溝通技巧訓練,培養分析及解決問題的能力。


Programme Aims

This award is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology, which aims to provide professionals in Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science, Health Technology, as well as others interested in health technology, with an opportunity to develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills.

A. Advancement in Knowledge and Skill

  • To develop specialists in their respective professional disciplines to enhance their career paths;
  • To broaden students' exposure to health science and technology to enable them to cope with the ever-changing demands of work; and
  • To provide a laboratory environment for testing problems encountered at work.

Students develop intellectually, professionally and personally while advancing their knowledge and skills in Medical Laboratory Science. The specific aims of this award are:

  • To broaden and deepen students' knowledge and expertise in Medical Laboratory Science;
  • To introduce students to advances in selected areas of diagnostic laboratory techniques;
  • To develop in students an integrative and collaborative team approach to the investigation of common diseases;
  • To foster an understanding of the management concepts that are relevant to clinical laboratories; and
  • To develop students' skills in communication, critical analysis and problem solving.

B. Professional Development

  • To develop students' ability in critical analysis and evaluation in their professional practices;
  • To cultivate within healthcare professionals the qualities and attributes that are expected of them;
  • To acquire a higher level of awareness and reflection within the profession and the healthcare industry to improve the quality of healthcare services; and
  • To develop students' ability to assume a managerial level of practice.

C. Evidence-based Practice

  • To equip students with the necessary research skills to enable them to perform evidence-based practice in the delivery of healthcare service.

D. Personal Development

  • To provide channels for practising professionals to continuously develop themselves while at work; and
  • To allow graduates to develop themselves further after graduation.


Programme Characteristics

Our laboratories are well-equipped to support students in their studies, research and dissertations. Our specialised equipment includes a flow cytometer, cell culture facilities; basic and advanced instruments for molecular biology research (including thermal cyclers, DNA sequencers, real-time PCR systems and an automatic mutation detection system), microplate systems for ELISA work, HPLC, FPLC, tissue processors, automatic cell analysers, a preparative ultracentrifuge and an automated biochemical analyser.

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK), and graduates are eligible to apply for Membership of the Institute.

Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology consists of the following awards:

  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (MScMIRS)
  • MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (MScMLS)

To be eligible for the MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (MScMLS), students are required to complete 30 credits:

  • 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits)
  • Dissertation (9 credits)
  • 3 Core Subjects (9 credits)
  • 2 Elective Subjects (6 credits)

Apart from the award of MScMLS, students can choose to graduate with the following specialism:

  • MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (Molecular Diagnostics)

To be eligible for the specialism, students should complete 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits), a Dissertation (9 credits) related to the specialism, 4 Specialty Subjects (12 credits) and 1 Elective Subject (3 credits).

Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Integrated Medical Laboratory Science
  • Research Methods & Biostatistics

Core Subjects

  • Advanced Topics in Health Technology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Haematology & Transfusion Science
  • Histopathology & Cytology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Applications of Molecular Diagnostics in Healthcare *
  • Molecular Technology in the Clinical Laboratory *
  • Workshops on Advanced Molecular Diagnostic Technology *

Elective Subjects

  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences *
  • Professional Development in Infection Control Practice

* Specialty Subject

Having selected the requisite number of subjects from the Core Subject list, students can choose the remaining Core Subjects or other subjects available in this Scheme as Elective Subjects.

The two awards within the Scheme share a similar programme structure, and students may take subjects across disciplines. For subjects offered within the Scheme by the other discipline of study, please refer to the information on the MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science, Medical Laboratory Science, or a related health sciences or applied sciences discipline from PolyU or a recognised institution. Other qualifications may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Relevant post-qualification work experience in medical laboratory science is preferred.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


Additional Document Required

  • Transcript / Certificate

Other Information

Suitable candidates may be invited to attend interviews.


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


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.

Programme Leaflet