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Higher Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
10 Sep 2018 (Mon)
2 years
Course Fee
HKD67,000 (Year One) in one single instalment
HKD67,000 (Year Two) in one single instalment
(Please note that the above course fees are subject to review)

Higher Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science is a two-year part-time programme designed for technical staff working in medical related laboratories to pursue a professional education in medical laboratory science

This Higher Certificate programme is demanding and can be considered as a gateway to the academic and professional advancement. The Higher Certificate is equivalent to the UK Higher National Certificate (HNC) courses in Medical Laboratory Science and is recognized by the Edinburgh Napier University (UK) as an access qualification to its degree course in Biological Sciences (a part-time and locally taught programme jointly offered by HKU SPACE and Edinburgh Napier University).



The course lasts for two calendar years.  The medium of instruction is English. The programme will commence in mid-September 2018 and will normally meet three evenings a week plus summer classes from June to August. The evening classes include:

Class Day
(tentatively scheduled)
Biochemistry Every Friday 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Physiology Every Tuesday 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Integrated Medical Laboratory Studies
( from June to August)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Clinical Biochemistry
Every Thursday (Year 1) /
Every Wednesday (Year 2)
6.30 - 9.30 pm
Haematology and Serology Every Thursday 6.00 - 9.00 pm
Histopathology and Cytology Every Monday 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Medical Microbiology Every Wednesday 6.00 - 9.00 pm
  • Examinations will be held at the end of each academic year (Year 1 and Year 2)
  • Student who failed in only one paper is required to take a supplementary examination in that paper on payment of a re-examination fee
  • The pass marks for written and practical examinations are 40% and 50% respectively
The Higher Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science will be awarded to candidates who have fulfilled the following criteria:
  • an attendance of 75%;
  • a pass in all examinations; and
  • satisfactory completion of coursework
  • Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
  • LKS Faculty of Medicine Building, The University of Hong Kong, Sassoon Road, Hong Kong
  • HKU SPACE Learning Centres
Programme Structure

Three modules, Biochemistry, Physiology and Integrated Medical Laboratory Studies are mandatory, whilst the fourth module is selected as an elective

The structure of the programme is as follows:

Year 1 Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Biochemistry 1 

Physiology 1    

Integrated Medical Laboratory Studies 1


plus ONE of the below electives:

Clinical Biochemistry 1

Haematology and Serology 1

Histopathology and Cytology 1

Medical Microbiology 1

Compulsory Modules

Biochemistry 2             

Physiology 2    

Integrated Medical Laboratory Studies 2


plus ONE of the below electives:

Clinical Biochemistry 2

Haematology and Serology 2

Histopathology and Cytology 2

Medical Microbiology 2

The number of electives offered will be subject to demand and the availability of teaching resources. In Year 2, students must study the same elective specialist module as in Year 1.

Module Content

Please see  leaflet

Applicants shall have attained:

  1. a UK Ordinary National Certificate or Ordinary Technical Education Council Certificate, or an Ordinary Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE, or a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science from the HK Polytechnic University; OR
  2. HKALE Grade E in 2 AL science subjects, one of which must be Chemistry, and 5 passes in HKCEE, including 2 science subjects and Level 2* in English Language; OR
  3. HKDSE Examination Level 2 or above in 5 subjects including English Language, Chinese Language and preferably Chemistry; and a Diploma in a Biological Science or Biomedical Science related discipline, OR
  4. a qualification deemed to be equivalent to the above.
The applicant is also expected to be employed in a medical-related laboratory and should normally be sponsored by his employer, and preferably with 2 years’ practical laboratory experience.
Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on individual merits.
Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HKD67,000 (Year One) in one single instalment
    HKD67,000 (Year Two) in one single instalment
    (Please note that the above course fees are subject to review)

Holders of this Higher Certificate with relevant medical laboratory experience can apply to register under the Medical Laboratory Technologists (Registration and Disciplinary Procedure) Regulation 1990 to practice in medical laboratories of Hong Kong.

Enrolment Method

Application will be invited from 5 February 2018 to 9 April 2018. 


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