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Study Medical Laboratory Science at Otago

Students at Orientation

Overview

Medical laboratory scientists are important members of the health services, and the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) four year degree course is designed to provide the qualification necessary to work as a medical laboratory scientist. It also allows entry to a wide range of other laboratory-based jobs, including research, and postgraduate academic study, e.g. Master of Medical Laboratory Science (MMLSc).

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Contact details

Website Medical Laboratory Science
Department of Pathology

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Course Director
Dr Heather Brooks
Email heather.brooks@otago.ac.nz

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Medical Laboratory Science (MELS) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (PGDipMLSc)

Papers

MELS 510 Advanced Medical Laboratory Practice (60 points)

MELS 580 Research Project (30 points)

Either
HASC 417 Health Sciences Research Methods (30 points);
or
PHCY 506 Research Methods (30 points);
or
both PUBH 711 Principles of Epidemiology (15 points) and PUBH 725 Applied Biostatistics 1 - Fundamentals (15 points)

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Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc)

Year Papers Points
1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Note: Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.

126
2nd year

MELS 208  Introduction to Diagnostic Pathology

MELS 223  Infection and Immunity (for BMLSc)

MELS 230  Biochemistry (for BMLSc)

MELS 241  Human Biology: Cells to Systems (for BMLSc)

MELS 251  Physiology (for BMLSc)

45

18

18

18

18

21

3rd year

MELS 301  Diagnostic Chemical Pathology

MELS 302  Haematology and Transfusion Science

MELS 304  Principles of Pathology

MELS 305  Elements of Histotechnology

MELS 306  Medical Microbiology

30

30

15

15

30

4th year

Two of:

MELS 401  Advanced Diagnostic Chemical Pathology

MELS 402  Clinical Microbiology

MELS 403  Clnical Virology

MELS 404  Diagnostic Molecular Pathology

MELS 405  Cytopathology

MELS 406  Haematology

MELS 407  Histopathology

MELS 408  Transfusion Science

MELS 409  Clinical Immunology

120

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