Medical Laboratory Science

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Whether you’re pursuing a career in research or biotechnology, considering entering the health professions, or looking to advance your career as a medical laboratory technologist, Medical Laboratory Science will give you practical lab experience and knowledge in a broad range of health science subjects while developing crucial transferrable skills.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
  • Degree: Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • 2 yrs Length
  • No Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option


Medical Laboratory Science is the study of the scientific principles underlying the disciplines practised in hospital and medical research laboratories such as toxicology, pathology, hematology, histology, tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, medical microbiology, human physiology, clinical chemistry, genetics, immunology, parasitology, cytology, career searching skills, and instrumental analysis.

Students enter Year 3 of the program and over two years of study, learn the theory and practical laboratory skills needed to design and implement experiments and analyze the results. The curriculum bridges numerous fields of health science study and helps students work across inter-disciplinary boundaries.

The program provides exceptional background and skills for careers in foundational science and clinical research labs, biotechnology companies, medical and dental school and other health professional and graduate research programs.

To earn this two-year undergraduate degree offered by the Department of Pathology, you must complete a two-year general program of specific science prerequisites, or a Medical Laboratory Technology diploma program and specific chemistry prerequisites.

Experiential learning and research

This program includes practical, hands-on experience in a variety of lab techniques. Students also learn higher order skills such as experimental design, critical thinking, giving/receiving feedback, effective presentations, leading discussions and strategies for effective group/team work.

Students interested in pursuing a research career have the option to do a directed studies research project with faculty members of the department.

Campus features

The BMLSc Program is located in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the UBC Hospital on UBC campus.  Students will also visit other hospital sites and departments such as The BC Centre for Disease Control, The William Boyd Museum of Pathology and clinical hospital laboratories.

Your Future

BMLSc graduates who entered through a Science program primarily become research technician/assistants in academic, clinical, or industry/biotechnology labs. Many graduates take further studies (i.e. MSc/PhD, MD, Dentistry, MLT) to become health professionals and/or researchers.

BMLSc graduates who entered as Medical Laboratory Technologists become supervisors or team leads in medical laboratories, health administrators/management positions, or go on to complete MHA, MSc, PhD, MD, or specialist technologist training.