Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science

Sept 2019 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

Medical laboratory science is an important scientific discipline in the healthcare sector.  Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory analysis of clinical samples, which aids in disease diagnosis, treatment, risk assessment and the investigation of underlying disease mechanisms.


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



Programme Characteristics

This is the first full-time government-funded undergraduate programme in medical laboratory science in Hong Kong.


The programme curriculum comprises university-based education and medical laboratory science-specific subjects, which are integrated with clinical training.  Students will undertake clinical attachment in medical laboratories in Hong Kong.


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University aims to nurture students’ global perspectives, providing students with good opportunities to engage in overseas exchange activities and undertake clinical attachment at overseas hospital laboratories.


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 (Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, and Medical Microbiology) within medical laboratory science.


The programme has the following main 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, Haematology, 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 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 nine-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 Clinical Chemistry).  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, Haematology and Medical Microbiology).


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


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, environmental science, 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.

Entrance Requirements

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


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.


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 what I have 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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