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Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science

The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (PGDipMLSc) is open to well-qualified BMLSc graduates and other medical laboratory scientists who can demonstrate an interest and aptitude for research. The Diploma is designed to provide training in research. It also prepares candidates for full-time research and thesis preparation for a Master of Medical Laboratory Science (MMLSc) degree, and thus includes a mix of course work and laboratory-based research.

Both the Diploma and the Masters degree may be taken part- or full-time. There are special requirements to be met, and candidates are advised to consult with their potential supervisor, and with the BMLSc Course Director as early as possible.

The first step for those wishing to embark on postgraduate study in medical laboratory science is to establish eligibility for admission to the programme. The PGDipMLSc may be undertaken in an approved laboratory under the supervision of University of Otago academic staff at one of the University's three medical schools in Otago, Chrsitchurch and Wellington. Please note that the research methods papers are not always available at all three sites.

At the time of application, evidence that the proposed course of study has been discussed with the appropriate supervisor and/or department must be provided.
For part-time students, evidence must be provided that their employer has agreed to the study programme and the level of support is sufficient for the research project.

Further information

This is a multidisciplinary programme and those seeking admission come from widely varying backgrounds. If you have any queries concerning your eligibility or are unsure about your proposed course it is please contact the Medical Laboratory Science office:
Tel 64 3 479 7151

Or visit the Medical Laboratory Science website

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (PGDipMLSc)


MELS 510 Advanced Medical Laboratory Practice (45 points)

MELS 580 Research Project (45 points)

Approved research methods paper(s) (30 points)