Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science

Sept 2017 Entry

Programme code: JS3478

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

125 (plus 10 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Polly Leung

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Chien-Ling Huang

  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.

Aims and Characteristics

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 undergraduate programme in medical laboratory science in Hong Kong. Students undertake clinical attachments in medical laboratories in Hong Kong.


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.


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 - Haematology - will be introduced in the second semester.
  • Year Three emphasises the remaining three core medical laboratory science disciplines - Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, and Medical Microbiology. 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 & 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 undertake a 12-week clinical attachment throughout the programme. The first part takes place during the summer period between Years Two and Three (three weeks of Haematology). The second part takes place during the summer period between Years Three and Four (nine weeks in total including three weeks each of Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry and Medical Microbiology).


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


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Recognition and Prospects

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).


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, forensic and 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 the Master's or PhD levels.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


Other Information

  • Applicants should have normal colour vision, as this is required for employment in a medical laboratory.
  • Preference will be given to those who are fluent in written English and Chinese, and in oral English and Cantonese.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 3400 8578; email:

Student Message

The BSc(Hons) in Medical Laboratory Science programme is designed to equip students with scientific skills and a sense of responsibility and belonging in their future profession. With clinical attachments in four major medical laboratory science disciplines provided as part of PolyU’s Work-Integrated Education, I am looking forward to applying the knowledge I learned in practice. The position of medical laboratory technologist is a very meaningful job for me and for the whole health care system. The profession aims at providing excellent health care services to patients and helping the whole community in the prevention of disease.

Cecilia Cheuk

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