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Medical Laboratory Science: Explore a world of technology, science, and medical mysteries

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? 

Medical laboratory professionals are the behind-the-scenes backbone of medicine. More than 70% of medical decisions are based on the results of laboratory tests. Modern medicine would be impossible without medical laboratory testing. From one blood or other sample, we can assess kidney, liver or heart function, or if a person has cancer, or an infection such as COVID-19.

A BMLSc degree is the only undergraduate pathway to qualify as a medical laboratory scientist in New Zealand. 

Why study Medical Laboratory Science at Otago?

The knowledge and skills obtained from an Otago BMLSc degree are transferable across a wide range of careers, including medical diagnostics, medical research and development, biotechnology, mortuary technology, laboratory and healthcare management, veterinary pathology and diagnostic testing, industry and graduate entry into other healthcare professions.

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