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Programmes offered

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences Honours Degree Programme

i)    Courses:

First year

In the first year, students study courses that are designed to give them an understanding of the normal structure, chemistry and function of the human and microbial systems.  Students are also introduced to principles of analysis and laboratory techniques used in clinical laboratories.  The following courses are taught in the first year: -

HMLS 101            Cell Biology

HMLS 102            Genetics and Molecular Biology

HMLS 103            Laboratory Principles

HMLS 104            Biochemistry

HMLS 105            Microbiology

HMLS 106            Histology

HMLS 107            Blood Transfusion Science and Immunology

CSHS 101            Communication Skills for Academic Purposes

Second year

The second year courses concentrate on techniques and procedures for the qualitative and quantitative investigations carried out in clinical laboratories.  There is a wide coverage of the techniques and procedures the students are faced with during their laboratory attachment in the third year.  The students are also introduced to experimental design and data analysis as well as laboratory management.  The following courses are taught in the second year: -

HMLS 204            Biochemical Techniques

HMLS 205            Microbiological Techniques

HMLS 206            Histological Techniques

HMLS 207            Blood Transfusion Science and Immunological Techniques

HMLS 208            Haematological Techniques

HMLS 209            Biostatistics and Research Methodology

HMLS 210            Laboratory Management Systems

CSHS  102            Communication Skills for Professional Purposes

Third year

An important aspect of the training is the requirement for students to gain clinical laboratory experience.  In the third year, students are seconded to approved clinical laboratories in Zimbabwe so that they gain practical laboratory experience in all disciplines of medical laboratory sciences.  Students also acquire interpersonal, communication and management skills during the attachment period.  The following course is offered in the third year: -

HMLS 390            Laboratory attachment

Fourth Year

The fourth year courses concentrate on the study of the disease processes, their causes and intervention. There is also consolidation of the knowledge gained by students during the third year laboratory attachment on interpretation of laboratory data. In addition, all students carry out a substantial laboratory-based research project in consultation with the academic staff.  The following courses are covered in the fourth year: -

HMLS 404            Biochemistry

HMLS 405            Microbiology

HMLS 406            Histology

HMLS 407            Blood Transfusion Science and Immunology

HMLS 408            Haematology

HMLS 460            Research Project

ii)   Entry Requirements:

The prospective candidate must normally satisfy the general entry requirements of the University of Zimbabwe for undergraduate degrees.  To qualify for consideration for admission, a prospective candidate must normally have:-

  • Passes at Ordinary Level (or approved equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics;
  • Passes at Advanced Level (or approved equivalent) in Chemistry and any two of the following three subjects:-

            Biology (or Zoology)



           The subject not offered at “A” Level must normally have been passed at “O”


iii)  Career Prospects

There is a great demand for medical laboratory scientists in both the public and private sector.  The majority of the graduates in medical laboratory sciences begin their career in clinical and veterinary laboratories.  Besides employment in clinical and veterinary laboratories, there are many other career opportunities.  Medical laboratory scientists also work in industry for companies manufacturing a wide range of products e.g. food and pharmaceutical industries.  Some of the laboratories where medical laboratory scientists are employed are:-

  • Government and Private Clinical Laboratories
  • Veterinary Laboratories
  • Scientific Research Laboratories
  • Industrial Laboratories e.g. Chemical, Food, Pharmaceutical
  • Teaching and Research Laboratories at Universities and Technical Colleges
  • Private Laboratories

Medical Laboratory Scientists are also employed as technical sales representatives for companies that manufacture or sell laboratory equipment, reagents, media, etc.

iv)        Duration:

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences Honours degree programme requires full-time attendance over a minimum of four years.


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