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Undergraduate study in Medical Laboratory Science

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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 staff of the Otago Medical School and the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Year four consists of two semesters in selected medical laboratories in New Zealand or overseas. Students gain diagnostic laboratory work experience, while taking part in a distance-taught academic course from Dunedin.

If you are entering the BMLSc programme as a graduate or following two or more years of study, you may be able to cross-credit some of the papers you have already passed to the BMLSc degree. For further information, contact:

The Course Administrator

To practice as a medical laboratory scientist in New Zealand requires professional registration with the New Zealand Medical Sciences Council, so most BMLSc graduates choose to work for at least six months in a diagnostic medical laboratory to gain registration.