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Explore a world of technology, science, and mystery.

Does this tissue sample contain cancer? What can this woman's blood tell us about her health? Is this unborn child developing normally? Is this drug effectively stopping the infection? Why did this man die?

In the laboratory, a highly skilled team of pathologists and medical laboratory scientists, technicians and specialists work together to solve the mysteries, put the pieces of the puzzle together, and answer the critical questions of medicine.

What is Medical Laboratory Science?


Find out all about the exciting opportunities awaiting you in Medical Laboratory Science.
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Undergraduate study


We offer one undergraduate qualification: the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science.
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Postgraduate study


Learn about the PGDipMLSc, MMLSc, or PhD in Medical Laboratory Science.
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Graduate profiles


Find out about the amazing people who have graduated and done amazing things.
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Why study Medical Laboratory Science at Otago?

An Otago degree is an internationally-recognised qualification. If you have a desire to see the world, a career as a med lab scientist will carry you through life's adventures.

More than 70% of medical decisions made by physicians are based on laboratory findings. In fact, the practice of modern medicine would be impossible without the tests performed in the laboratory.

Pathologists and medical laboratory professionals are the behind-the-scenes backbone of medicine. Their field of exploration includes a vast span, from gross human anatomy to the genetic and molecular particles that affect it.

They are the researchers, the investigators, and some say, the real heroes of medicine.