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Undergraduate study in Medical Laboratory Science

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Medical Laboratory students in one of our teaching labs.

We offer one undergraduate qualification: the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc). This course requires four years of full-time study.

Detailed BMLSc information

Year one is the competitive Health Sciences First Year course, also taken by those wishing to enter Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, or Physiotherapy. It must be taken on-campus at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Years two and three are also spent full-time in Dunedin. Papers are taught by the Otago School of Medical Sciences and Dunedin School of Medicine.

Year four consists of two semesters in selected Medical Laboratories in New Zealand or Australia. Students gain service experience, while taking part in a distance-taught academic course from Dunedin.

Following graduation, most degree-holders choose to work for at least six months in a Diagnostic Medical Laboratory. This is necessary to fulfil the requirements for registration as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, by the Medical Science Council of New Zealand, who manages the system Technologists Board.