Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science

Gain specialist skills in a chosen field of medical laboratory science, and learn to apply contemporary theory to current practice with the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science.

Early detection technology is advancing rapidly. Medical laboratory scientists are facing new challenges as technologies evolve and diagnostic services change. The Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science prepares you for these challenges.

This programme is open to all medical laboratory scientists (New Zealand registration and practising certificate are required). There's an opportunity to follow either a management or a specialised scientist pathway.

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Minimum entry requirements

An applicant must:

  • Have completed the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, or equivalent
  • Be registered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand (MSCNZ)
  • Hold a current Practising Certificate as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, issued by the MSCNZ

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

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

English language requirements

This is a coursework programme with courses drawn from those in the Master of Medical Laboratory Science. You complete advanced-level courses to make up a total of 60 points.

Follow either a management or a specialist scientist pathway

Specialist Scientist pathway

Graduates gain the ability to plan and execute laboratory-based research and critically analyse the efficiency and accuracy of existing laboratory techniques in the context of patient care.

Complete two courses from:


Management pathway

Graduates gain the ability to critically analyse strategic and operational processes and examine the evidential base underpinning health policy development.

Complete four courses from:

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Quick facts
Programme code:
0.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$4,478 (fee for 60 points)
$20,300 (fee for 60 points)
  • 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 information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.