Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science
醫療化驗科學(榮譽)理學士學位


Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3478

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

125 (plus 10 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake
54 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications
No
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Polly Leung
PhD

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Chien-Ling Huang
PhD

Remarks
  • As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.
  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.

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 medical laboratory scientists.

 

 

Programme Characteristics

This programme 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 attachments in medical laboratories in Hong Kong.

 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University aims to nurture students’ global perspectives, and they are provided with opportunities to engage in overseas exchange activities and undertake clinical attachments at overseas hospital laboratories.

Curriculum

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 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, 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 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 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 www.polyu.edu.hk/hti/en/study/programmes/bachelor-degree/bsc-hons-in-medical-laboratory-science-55408.html.

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), in the medical biotechnology sector, environmental science and 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 non-JUPAS 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.

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 8578; email: hti.dept@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message


醫療化驗科學是一門訓練學生成為醫務化驗師的專業,醫務化驗師負責在醫院或化驗所檢驗從病人收集的不同類型的化驗樣本,例如血液;化驗報告有效地幫助醫生斷症和治療病人,因此它是整個醫療體系中不可或缺的一部份。

 

很慶幸我三年前入讀香港理工大學的醫療化驗科學課程,通過教授的講課和實驗課,我學習及掌握了醫療化驗科學背後的理論和各種實驗的技巧。此外,我們在二年級和三年級的暑期到醫院實習,不但可以了解醫院病理化驗室的工作環境,同時更接受師兄師姐的指導,繼續提升個人能力。總的來說,理大的課程能讓我好好裝備自己,為成為醫務化驗師作準備。

 

醫療化驗科學雖然不太為人所熟悉,可是對社會卻十分有貢獻。有興趣的同學不妨積極考慮修讀醫療化驗科學課程,投身這個行業。


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Interview Arrangement


Date: In March
Mode:Individual Interview
Aims:

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to test their language and communication skills and understanding of the industry.

Medium:English
Duration:

About 10-15 minutes

Remark:

Suitable applicants may be invited to interviews.