Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MSc. MLS)

Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MSc-MLS) program at Gulf Medical University offers the opportunity to Medical Laboratory Technologists to elevate their level of clinical practice, advance their careers, and become leaders in the Medical Laboratory profession as Clinical Scientists.

The program is delivered over 2 years duration (36 credits) with program learning outcomes aligned to Level 9 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates.

The program prepares the MSc-MLS graduates for further Ph.D. studies, teaching assistantship in the lab, research assistantship in universities, research centers and biomedical corporations (R&D).

The program is integrated to provide all the medical laboratory science elements that medical laboratory scientist practitioner requires in the areas of communication skills and information technology, medical microbiology, immunology, and immunogenetics, molecular diagnostics including Bioinformatics, hematology and transfusion medicine, and Clinical biochemistry. Course in biostatistics and research methodology and research ethics, will able the students to design the research protocols for testing their hypothesis through an investigatory and analytical thinking approach. The didactic courses of all elements of training will be concentrated in the first year of the program to optimize the use of faculty time and help the students to lay strong theoretical foundations of medical laboratory science. Quality management and systems based practices are important elements of the educational program during the laboratory rotations in the second year of the program. The last semester will be devoted to research work in any one subspecialty leading to submission.

Our Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences is a professional degree designed to meet the needs of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. This degree includes a clinical experience and research project. It features at least 4 semester credits of advanced, hands-on MLS studies at one of our nationwide affiliate clinical and research facilities. Areas of study include laboratory administration, clinical laboratory science education and medical laboratory practice in Medical Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry,Hematology, Immunology and Molecular Biology.

  • Emphasis on advanced laboratory skills
  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Hands-on training in state of the art laboratory/research facility
  • Flexible study schedule for working professionals
  • Curricular Concentration on Research projects and publication
  • 360-degree clinical assessment and feedback.

Admission Criteria for AY2020-21

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences/Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences or equivalent from an accredited University in the UAE or equivalent one from outside the UAE.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance of minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent grade.
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.
  • A Valid license as a Medical Laboratory Technologist issued from MoH / DHA / HAAD, UAE is preferable

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with less than the minimum score in English proficiency may be provided conditional admission that the student registers 6 credit hours in the first semester of his/her studies and obtains a “B” average or above.
    • Applicant must achieve and EMSAT score of 1400 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent by the end of first semester of study
    • Applicant must achieve a minimum of CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit bearing courses studied for the Master’s program.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to successfully complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program.
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to be admitted to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Required Documents

  • Attested copy of the baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from all accredited Institutions of higher education previously attended.
  • Equivalency Certificate of the Bachelor’s degree from the Ministry of Education, U.A.E.
  • Valid English Language Proficiency Test (EmSAT/IELTS / TOEFL)
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card (For UAE Nationals Family Book and Ethbara).
  • Passport-size Photographs x 5.
  • Vaccination record with valid BLS certificate.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives.

Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences program at Gulf Medical University offers the opportunity to Medical Laboratory Technologists to elevate their level of clinical practice, advance their careers, and become leaders in the Medical Laboratory profession as Clinical Scientists.

This program requires to develop competencies in the 7 areas mentioned below to the level expected of the Medical laboratory scientist. Towards this end, this program defines the specific knowledge, skills, and aspects of competence required and provides educational experiences as needed, in order for trainees to develop and demonstrate the competencies.

A.    Knowledge

On completion of this program, students will be able to:

A1.   Apply specialized knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences to medical laboratory practice.

B.    Skills

On completion of this program, students will be able to:

B1.    Provide medical laboratory services that are of optimal value with an awareness and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to access system resources.

B2. Perform in laboratory research and critically evaluate the findings.

C.    Aspects of Competence

On completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Autonomy and Responsibilities

C1a.    Demonstrate a satisfactory level of competence and assist in the management of patients in the context of medical laboratory services.

C1b. Demonstrate a commitment to carry out professional responsibilities adhering to ethical principles, and being sensitive to the needs of a diverse patient population.

  • Role in Context

C2.   Use interpersonal communication skills as a leader and team member for effective information exchange between the clinician, patients, and laboratory staff in the work place.

  • Self- Development

C3.   Evaluate one’s competence to seek and integrate scientific evidence for continually improving professional competence.

Study Plan

The program ids composed of four semesters.

First semester courses are composed of five common obligatory to all the students.

Second semester courses:
Two common obligatory: Research Methodology and Biostatistics courses.
Three elective courses: The students should choose only three courses from the list of the fourteen elective courses according to their area of interest.

Third semester:
Laboratory rotation in the entire medical laboratory fields with emphasis on rotation in the area of interest.

Forth semester:
Submitting and defending a thesis (in the area of interesting field) to the satisfaction of the thesis judging committee.
The thesis will be carried out independently by students under the guidance and supervision of faculty members.

 

YEAR I
Semester Course Code Pre-requisites Course Credit Hour/s LH PH
I MLS-GPH 601 NIL General Pathology 2 2 0
MLS-LQA 602 NIL Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance 2 1 2
MLS-CII 603 NIL Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics 2 1 2
MLS-MBB 604 NIL Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics 2 1 2
MLS-ALS 605 NIL Advanced Concepts in Medical Laboratory Sciences 3 2 2
Total 11
II MS-RM 609 NIL Research Methodology 2 1 2
MS-BS 610 NIL Biostatistics 2 1 2
ELECTIVES * 9
Total 13
YEAR II
Semester Course Code Pre-requisites Course Credit Hour/s LH PH
III MLS-LAR 611 All the courses in semester I and II Laboratory Rotations 4 0 24
MLS-EML 612 NIL Educational Methods for Medical Laboratory Professionals 2 1 2
Total      6
IV MLS-THS 613 Successful completion of         MLS-LAR 611 Thesis 6 0 30
Total 36

 

*List of Elective courses:

Course Code Pre-requisites Course Credit Hour/s LH PH
MLS-ISC 606 NIL Instrumentation and  Special Areas in Clinical Chemistry 3 2 2
MLS-ACB 607 NIL Advances in  Clinical Biochemistry 4 2 4
MLS-END 608 NIL Endocrinology 2 1 2
MLS-ACH 606 NIL Advances in Clinical Hematology 4 3 2
MLS-ADH 607 NIL Advanced Hemostasis 2 1 2
MLS-ACI 608 NIL Advanced Concepts in Immunohematology 3 2 2
MLS-ADM 606 NIL Advanced Concepts in Diagnostic Microbiology 4 2 4
MLS-ACV 607 NIL Advanced Clinical Virology 2 1 2
MLS-CPM 608 NIL Clinical Parasitology and Mycology 3 2 2
MLS-MGM 606 NIL Molecular Diagnostics in Genetic Diseases and Personalized Medicine 3 2 2
MLS-MID 607 NIL Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases 3 2 2
MLS-MCO 608 NIL Molecular Diagnostics in Clinical Oncology 3 2 2
MLS- SCI 606 NIL Special Area in Clinical Immunology 3 2 2
MLS-TTI  607 NIL Advanced Concepts in Tumor and Transplantation Immunology 3 2 2

Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences program (MSc. MLS) at Gulf Medical University is a graduate program aimed to equip students with advanced Microbiology, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Immunology, molecular techniques, and evidence-based professional practice training as a next-generation clinical scientist.

Hands-on training at our Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM) and CAP accredited Thumbay Labs.

Clinical Training Sites

  • Clinical Scientist in diagnostic laboratories.
  • Director of Laboratory.
  • Managerial position in a medical laboratory.
  • Research Scientist.
  • Higher Education – Academia.
  • Individual Practice.
  • Application specialist in medical companies.
  • Public health organizations.
  • Pursue higher education and research career.