Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Want a career as a medical laboratory scientist and play a key role in the world of health science? The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science prepares you for a career in this exciting field.

As specialised health professionals, medical laboratory scientists provide information about a patient’s state of health that is vital to the diagnosis of disease and monitoring of its treatment.

Through the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science you develop skills in accurate observation and the collection, recording and interpretation of test results. Once you have completed this degree and fulfilled requirements of the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand, you can register and practise as a medical laboratory scientist.

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Start date: 2023

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent including:
    • NCEA: 14 or more credits in each of Biology, Chemistry and Statistics
    • CIE: A D grade or better at AS or A level in each of Biology, Chemistry and Statistics
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements including police clearance

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • At least IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent.

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This degree prepares you for a career in a diagnostic laboratory. Registered medical laboratory scientists work in public hospitals and community laboratories doing diagnostic laboratory testing across all specialisations.

Other career paths include:

  • Diagnostic reagent manufacture
  • Laboratory management
  • Marketing of medical equipment and reagents

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Medical Laboratory Science Careers

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Quick facts
Programme code:
4 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
$7,835 - $8,412 (for 120 points)
($6,901 - $7,478 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$41,474 (for 120 points)
($40,400 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • The international fees above are for study in 2023. The domestic fees above are the 2022 fees; the 2023 fees will be shown as soon as they’re available.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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