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Higher Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science

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Start Date
16 Sep 2024 (Mon)
2 years
Course Fee
HKD90,000 (Year One) in one single instalment
HKD95,000 (Year Two) in one single instalment
(Please note that the above course fees are subject to review)
Deadline on 13 Apr 2024 (Sat)
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Important Note: Please refer to the Information of Application outlined in the Programme Details box for relevant information regarding the application process (for HTC programme, please commence at 8:20).


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).

Programme Details



The course lasts for two calendar years.  The programme commences in mid-September 2024 and will normally meet three evenings a week plus summer classes from June to August. The classes typically start at 6:30 pm and run for 2-3 hours. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Class Day
(tentatively scheduled)
Biochemistry Every Friday
Physiology Every Tuesday
Integrated Medical Laboratory Studies
( from June to August)
Clinical Biochemistry
Every Thursday
Haematology and Serology Every Thursday
Histopathology and Cytology Every Monday
Medical Microbiology Every Wednesday
  • 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
Information of Application
  • HKU SPACE Learning Centres
  • Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
  • LKS Faculty of Medicine Building, The University of Hong Kong, Sassoon Road, Hong Kong
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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

Professional Accreditation

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.


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HKD90,000 (Year One) in one single instalment
    HKD95,000 (Year Two) in one single instalment
    (Please note that the above course fees are subject to review)

Entry Requirements

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.


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Enrolment Method

The completed Application Form together with the following:

(a) photostat copies of the relevant certificates and transcripts; 

(b) a reference letter (original copy) from your current employer giving details of job position, current job responsibilities, start date of employment;

(c) application fee of HK$150 in the form of a crossed cheque made payable to “HKU SPACE” ; and

(d) a copy of your HKID card

should be sent to:

College of Life Sciences and Technology, HKU SPACE, 13/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, North Point, HONG KONG (Attn.: Miss Rosie So)

Sufficient postage should be paid to avoid unsuccessful delivery of application.

Closing Date for Application: 13 April 2024

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