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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Scientists are highly trained professionals who work in a pathology laboratory. It is their task to analyse blood and tissue samples for diagnostic purposes. They may also be required to prepare serums and vaccines and may become involved in medical research.

The four year BHSc Medical Laboratory Science includes the following disciplines:

  • Medical Microbiology - the study of micro-organisms
  • Clinical Chemistry - diagnostic biochemical analysis
  • Haematology - the study of blood cells and blood diseases
  • Cytology - the study of human cells
  • Histology - the study of human tissue

For the last 18 months of the programme, the four-year BHSC MLS degree includes WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING in accredited training laboratories. In the fourth year of studies, an area of specialisation in which they will practice will be selected from the following specialized disciplines*

  • Clinical Pathology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Haematology
  • Microbiology
  • Cytology
  • Histology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Immunohaematology
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Forensic Science
  • Pharmacology

*Please note that the offering of a specialisation will depend on the academic capacity, the number of enrolled students and positions available in practice.

At the end of their fourth year, students must pass a National Board Examination in their area of specialisation as part of their graduation requirements. In order to practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, the student needs to register with the HPCSA as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the area of specialisation in which they obtain their qualification.