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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Medical Laboratory Science and Radiography - Medical Laboratory Science
醫療化驗科學及放射學(榮譽)理學士組合課程-醫療化驗科學(榮譽)理學士

Sept 2022 Entry


Programme code: JS3478

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Health Technology and Informatics
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

125 (plus 10 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications No

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Polly Leung
PhD

Remarks

  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
    BSc (Hons) in Medical Laboratory Science

Aims & 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 necessary to become 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 is comprised of university-based education and medical laboratory science-specific subjects, which are integrated with clinical training. Students undertake clinical attachments in medical laboratories in Hong Kong.

 

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

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

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

 

Graduates are also eligible (i) for Licentiate Membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS, UK), and (ii) to sit 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 the public and private sectors (e.g., hospitals and clinics), in the medical biotechnology sector, and in the environmental science, agriculture and food testing industries. Graduates can also choose to pursue careers in academic or research areas through further study at the Master or PhD levels.

Curriculum

This is a four-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification required to perform diagnostic tests in clinical laboratories in Hong Kong. Graduates are able to work in all four major disciplinary areas of medical laboratory science (cellular pathology, clinical chemistry, haematology and medical microbiology).

 

The programme has the following major content.

  • Year One:
    General University Requirement subjects, such as Freshman Seminars for Health Science and fundamental language subjects. Foundation medical science subjects such as Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Laboratory Techniques & Safety, and Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation. Medical laboratory science subjects such as Exploring Medical Laboratory Science and Introduction to Medical Microbiology.
  • Year Two:
    Medical science subjects, such as Immunology, Human Biochemistry, Biostatistics, and Molecular Biology in Medicine. Medical laboratory science subjects such as Introduction to Clinical Chemistry, Introduction to Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Medical Microbiology.
  • Year Three:
    Pathophysiology, Medical laboratory science subjects, such as Introduction to Cellular Pathology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Medical Virology and Introduction to Clinical Research. 
  • Year Four:
    Human Genetics, Molecular Diagnosis of Human Disease, Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare. 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 during the programme. The first part takes place during the summer between Years Two and Three (six weeks). The second part takes place during the summer between Years Three and Four (six weeks).

 

In addition to lectures, tutorials, case studies and seminars, this programme offers a substantial number of laboratory-based practical classes.

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at here

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.
  • Applicants attaining good results in science subjects (Biology and Chemistry) are preferred.

Enquiries

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