Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Medical Laboratory Science and Radiography - Medical Laboratory Science

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3478

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

125 (plus 10 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Polly Leung

  • Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
    BSc (Hons) in Medical Laboratory Science

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

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 aims to equip graduates to become medical laboratory scientists who practice competently and with integrity. Graduates of the programme posses the knowledge, skills, reasoning abilities and professional attitudes necessary to provide qualified healthcare services to the public.


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 in medical laboratories in Hong Kong.


In order to nurture students’ global perspectives, programme also provides students with the opportunities to engage in overseas exchange activities and undertake clinical attachment at overseas hospital laboratories.



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 Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 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 and Transfusion Science, 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

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

No Secondary Major on offer.

Recognition & Prospects

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 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.


* Some employers from public sector may consider Hong Kong citizens/permanent residents only.

Entrance Requirements

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.



For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel.: 3400 8578; email:

Student Message

Student Message

By carrying out various laboratory tests of patient samples, such as blood and body fluids, medical laboratory technologists support doctors' efforts to diagnose and treat patients. Hence, medical laboratory technologists play a vital role in the healthcare profession.


The BSc(Hons) in Medical Laboratory Science programme offered by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a great stepping stone for those who aim to become medical laboratory technologists in the future. A team of very encouraging elite professors equips students with in-depth knowledge and skills. Apart from lectures and practical classes, the programme gives students placement opportunities in local and overseas hospitals. I feel profoundly grateful to have been part of this family for the last four years. The experiences I have enjoyed and the assistance and encouraging advice I have received from fellow students and teachers have made me into a better person well prepared to overcome the challenges ahead. I am looking forward to making a contribution to society in the future as a qualified medical laboratory technologist.


Chen Sixian, Jeline

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