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About Medical Laboratory Science

Are you interested in finding out what is going on inside the body?

Medical Laboratory Science students in one of our teaching labs.

Medical Laboratory Scientists use knowledge ranging from anatomy to molecular biology to help diagnose disease and monitor treatment. 

Why study Medical Laboratory Science?


Medical laboratory science encompasses a wide variety of scientific disciplines and skills, which opens the door to diverse career options. Everyday brings different challenges and new problems to solve.

Job satisfaction

As a vital part of the medical profession, the test results medical laboratory scientists provide have an immediate impact on the care of patients, contributing to high levels of job satisfaction.

While a key member of the healthcare profession, medical laboratory scientists work both as a team and independently with individual responsibilities within the laboratory. 

Professional development

With evolving technology, demand for faster, more accurate and less invasive testing, medical laboratory scientists are always at the cutting edge of science. This leads to new opportunities, both within and outside the laboratory, such as point-of-care testing where laboratory technology is taken to the patient's bedside. 


Our degree is an internationally-recognised qualification. If you have a desire to see the world, start your journey here at Otago, and your career as a medical laboratory scientist can take you anywhere. This includes hands-on work experience at 4th year, which you can do around New Zealand or overseas. 

Postgraduate study

When you have completed your degree, if scientific research or forensics is your passion there are numerous opportunities to further your education in these areas, as your laboratory skills and knowledge are directly transferable.

Our degree is also an excellent platform for postgraduate application to other Health Professional programmes, such as Medicine or Dentistry.