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Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Course Description

Programme Aims

This award is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology, which aims to provide professionals in Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science, Health Technology, as well as others interested in health technology, with an opportunity to develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills.

A. Advancement in Knowledge and Skill
‌•To develop specialists in their respective professional disciplines to enhance their career paths;
‌•To broaden students' exposure to health science and technology to enable them to cope with the ever-changing demands of work; and
‌•To provide a laboratory environment for testing problems encountered at work.

Students develop intellectually, professionally and personally while advancing their knowledge and skills in Medical Laboratory Science. The specific aims of this award are:
‌•To broaden and deepen students' knowledge and expertise in Medical Laboratory Science;
‌•To introduce students to advances in selected areas of diagnostic laboratory techniques;
‌•‌To develop in students an integrative and collaborative team approach to the investigation of common diseases;
‌•To foster an understanding of the management concepts that are relevant to clinical laboratories; and
‌•To develop students' skills in communication, critical analysis and problem solving.

B. Professional Development
‌•To develop students' ability in critical analysis and evaluation in their professional practices;
‌•To cultivate within healthcare professionals the qualities and attributes that are expected of them;
‌•To acquire a higher level of awareness and reflection within the profession and the healthcare industry to improve the quality of healthcare services; and
‌•To develop students' ability to assume a managerial level of practice.

C. Evidence-based Practice
‌•To equip students with the necessary research skills to enable them to perform evidence-based practice in the delivery of healthcare service.

D. Personal Development
‌•To provide channels for practising professionals to continuously develop themselves while at work; and
‌•To allow graduates to develop themselves further after graduation.

Programme Characteristics

Our laboratories are well-equipped to support students in their studies, research and dissertations. Our specialised equipment includes a flow cytometer, cell culture facilities, basic and advanced instruments for molecular biology research (including thermal cyclers, DNA sequencers, real-time PCR systems and an automatic mutation detection system), microplate systems for ELISA work, HPLC, FPLC, tissue processors, automatic cell analysers, a preparative ultracentrifuge and an automated biochemical analyser.

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK), and graduates are eligible to apply for Membership of the Institute.

Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology consists of the following awards:
‌•MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science
‌•MSc in Medical Laboratory Science

A range of subjects that are specific to the Medical Laboratory Science profession, and a variety of subjects of common interest and value to all healthcare professionals, are offered. In general, each subject requires attendance on one evening per week over a 13-week semester.

Award Requirements

Students must complete 1 Compulsory Subject (Research Methods & Biostatistics), 4 Core Specialism Specific Subjects, 2 Elective Subjects (from any subjects within the Scheme) and a research-based Dissertation. They are encouraged to select a dissertation topic that is relevant to their professional and personal interests.

Students who have successfully completed 30 credits, but who have taken fewer than the required 4 Core Specialism Specific Subjects, will be awarded a generic MSc in Health Technology without a specialism award.

Students who have successfully completed 18 credits, but who decide not to continue with their course of MSc study, may request to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) as follows:
‌•PgD in a specialism if 1 Compulsory Subject, 4 Core Subjects and 1 Elective Subject are successfully completed; or
‌•PgD in Health Technology (Generic) if 1 Compulsory Subject and any other 5 Subjects within the Scheme are successfully completed.

Core Areas of Study

The following is a list of the Core Medical Laboratory Science Subjects. Some subjects are offered only in alternate years.

•Integrated Medical Laboratory Science
‌•Advanced Topics in Health Technology
‌•Clinical Applications of Molecular Diagnostics in Healthcare
‌•Clinical Chemistry
‌•Haematology & Transfusion Science
‌•Histopathology & Cytology
‌•Medical Microbiology
‌•Molecular Technology in the Clinical Laboratory
‌•Workshops on Advanced Molecular Diagnostic Technology

Having selected the requisite number of subjects from the Core list, students can choose the remaining Core Subjects or other subjects available in this Scheme as Elective Subjects.

The two awards within the Scheme share a similar programme structure, and students may take subjects across disciplines. For subjects offered within the Scheme by the other discipline of study, please refer to the information on the MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science.

English Language Requirements

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" http://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/tpg/admissions-requirements section for details.

Additional Document Required
Transcript / Certificate

Other Information
Suitable candidates may be invited to attend interviews.

How to Apply

For latest admission info, please visit [email protected] http://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/tpg and eAdmission http://www.polyu.edu.hk/admission


For further information, please contact:
Telephone: (852) 3400 8653
Fax: (852) 2362 4365

For more details of the programme, please visit [email protected] http://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/tpg/2016/55005-mmf-mmp website.

Visit the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science page on the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

‌•A Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science, Medical Laboratory Science, or a related health sciences or applied sciences discipline from PolyU or a recognised institution. Other qualifications may be considered on an individual basis.‌•Relevant post-qualification work experience in medical laboratory science is preferred.

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