Medical Laboratory Science

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Are you planning on a career as a health professional? Do you need practical laboratory skills that will help you get a great job in a medical research laboratory? Are you interested in the health field but not sure of your future career path? As a student in this program, you’ll gain practical lab experience and knowledge in a broad range of health science subjects, while developing crucial transferrable competencies.

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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 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. The curriculum bridges numerous fields of health science study and helps students work across interdisciplinary boundaries.

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.

Campus features

The principal library on campus for materials in the life sciences is the Woodward Biomedical Library, which houses the largest health sciences collection in western Canada. Principal subject areas include biology, botany, dentistry, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmaceutical sciences, and zoology.