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

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 is designed emphasizing on the modern trends on theoretical and practical learning experiences that are based on laboratory sciences and focuses on specific areas such as clinical biochemistry, medical microbiology, hematology, immunology, and molecular biology, delivered over 2 years duration (36 credits) with program learning outcomes aligned to Level 9 of the National Qualifications Framework – QF Emirates.

This program develops core clinical and research competencies to improve health of living community by gaining organized experience through didactics, problem and team-based learning, online learning, skill labs, evidence based clinical laboratory practice and independent research project which leads to successful thesis completion and the award of MSc. MLS degree.

The program offers 5 tracks:

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology

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 specialization in Medical Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Hematology, Immunology or 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.
  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2011) 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 GPA of 3 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (“B”).
  • A CGPA between 2.5 -2.99 may be admitted conditionally provided that the student registers 6-9 credits hours in the first semester of his/her studies and obtains a “B” average or above.
  • Applicant with an undergraduate qualification, apart from medium of instruction as English should provide evidence of acquiring a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the Paper-Based test, or its equivalent on another standardized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE at the time of admission to his / her undergraduate program.
  • Native speaker of English who has completed his / her undergraduate education in an English-medium institution and in a country where English is the official language are exempted.

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.

The program offers 5 tracks:

Medical Microbiology Read More

  1. Learning Outcomes

After completing the program, graduates will be able to:

    1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge in Medical Microbiology base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in clinical practice. This includes the ability to:
      1. Correlate test results with patient information
      2. Evaluate and interpret scientific literature, with an understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis
      3. Evaluate and validate new procedures and instrumentation in Medical Microbiology lab.
      4. Pursue professional development opportunities
    1. Demonstrate critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills. This includes the ability to:
      1. Employ discipline-specific knowledge in the context of clinical decision making
      2. Collect and analyze pertinent information of epidemiological infectious diseases
      3. Interpret epidemiological data
      4. Apply systems thinking to medical laboratory science practice
      5. Draw conclusions and make judgments or recommendations
      6. Incorporate current best evidence to evaluate/develop testing guidelines
    1. Perform a full range of microbiological laboratory tests with accuracy and precision. This includes the ability to:
      1. Competently and safely collect and/or process appropriate biological specimens for a microbiological test procedure
      2. Operate Medical Microbiology laboratory instrumentation and perform preventative/corrective maintenance
      3. Evaluate the acceptability of test data; identify any problems with specimens, procedures, or instrumentation; and take appropriate corrective action
      4. Utilize quality assurance to monitor analyses, equipment, and technical competency
      5. Report results clearly and accurately
      6. Effectively utilize computers, laboratory software, and information systems to record and report results
      7. Apply and interpret laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures
      8. Apply principles of quality management system in Medical Microbiology
    1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour. This includes the ability to:
      1. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of patient results
      2. Consider ethical responses to difficult situations
      3. Practice effectively in interprofessional teams
      4. Communicate effectively and professionally with other healthcare professionals, the public, and patients
      5. Promote patient-centered healthcare through diagnostic and therapeutic support
      6. Apply principles of leadership and management to maximize productivity and efficiency of the laboratory
      7. Design, implement and evaluate programs of instruction for students and employees
      8. Provide professional leadership through local, regional, and national groups
    1. Undertake research investigations on problems requiring research analysis and communicate the conclusions or solutions in the most pertinent format
      1. Conduct scientific studies in to contribute to the development of the Medical Microbiology profession
      2. Plan and conduct and participate in research activities to develop new knowledge and skills
      3. Deal with the challenges of complex issues related to Medical Microbiology and arrive at newer ideas and views of problem solving
      4. Compare, validate and device scientific approaches to solve research problems
    1. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
      1. Framework for future learning and continuous professional development in Medical Microbiology, quality systems and laboratory management
  1. STUDY PLAN

Semester

Courses

Credits

Total

1

General Pathology

2

11

Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

2

Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics

2

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

2

Clinical Microbiology I (Special Topics in Microbiology)

3

2

Biostatistics

2

13

Research Methodology

2

Clinical Parasitology and Mycology

3

Advanced Clinical Virology

2

Clinical Microbiology II (Diagnostic Medical Microbiology)

4

3

Microbiology Laboratory Rotations

4

6

Teaching and Learning for Laboratory Professionals

2

4

Thesis

6

6

Total Credits =36 (Core Courses: 14, Medical Microbiology: 22)


Clinical Biochemistry Read More

  1. Learning Outcomes:

After completing the program, graduates will be able to:

    1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize cutting edge scientific knowledge in Clinical Biochemistry. This includes the ability to:
      1. Correlate and interpret test results with patient information
      2. Evaluate and interpret scientific literature, with an understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis
      3. Evaluate and validate new procedures and instrumentation
      4. Pursue professional development opportunities
      5. Gain new trends including molecular diagnostics, robotics, core laboratory point of care and self-testing
    1. Demonstrate critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills. This includes the ability to:
      1. Employ discipline-specific knowledge in the context of clinical decision making
      2. Collect and analyse pertinent information
      3. Interpret data and medical reports
      4. Apply systems thinking in clinical Biochemistry practice
      5. Draw conclusions and make judgments or recommendations
      6. Incorporate current best evidence-based learning to evaluate/develop testing guidelines
    1. Perform a full range of laboratory tests with accuracy and precision. This includes the ability to:
      1. Competently and safely collect and/or process appropriate biological specimens for a test procedure in Clinical Biochemistry and its interrelationship with other disciplines
      2. Operate laboratory instrumentation and perform preventative/corrective maintenance
      3. Evaluate the acceptability of test data; identify any problems with specimens, procedures, or instrumentation; and take appropriate corrective action
      4. Utilize quality assurance to monitor analyses, equipment, and technical competency
      5. Report results clearly and accurately
      6. Effectively utilize computers, laboratory software, and laboratory information systems to record and report results
      7. Apply and interpret laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures
      8. Apply principles of quality management strategies
    1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour. This includes the ability to:
      1. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of patient results
      2. Consider ethical responses to difficult situations
      3. Practice effectively in interprofessional teams
      4. Communicate effectively and professionally with other healthcare professionals, the public, and patients
      5. Promote patient-centered healthcare through diagnostic and therapeutic support
      6. Apply principles of leadership and management to maximize productivity and efficiency of the laboratory
      7. Design, implement and evaluate programs of instruction for students and employees
      8. Provide professional leadership through local, regional, and national groups
    1. Undertake research investigations on problems requiring research analysis and communicate the conclusions or solutions in the most pertinent format
      1. Conduct scientific studies in to contribute to the development of the clinical Biochemistry profession
      2. Plan and conduct and participate in research activities to develop new knowledge and skills in clinical Biochemistry
      3. Deal with the challenges of complex issues related to clinical Biochemistry discipline and arrive at newer ideas and views of problem-solving using knowledge and creativity
      4. Compare, validate and device scientific approaches to solve research problems
    1. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
      1. Framework for future learning and continuous professional development in clinical Biochemistry, quality systems and laboratory management
  1. STUDY PLAN

Semester

Courses

Credits

Total

1

General Pathology

2

11

Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

2

Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics

2

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

2

Clinical Chemistry Instrumentation and Analytical Techniques

3

2

Biostatistics

2

13

Research Methodology

2

Endocrinology

3

Assessment of Organ System Functions, Fluids, Electrolytes and Acid-Base Balance

3

Special Areas in Clinical Chemistry

3

3

Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory Rotations

4

6

Teaching and Learning for Laboratory Professionals

2

4

Thesis

6

6

Total Credits =36 (Core Courses: 14, Clinical Biochemistry: 22)


Hematology Read More

  1. Learning Outcomes:

After completing the program, graduates will be able to:

    1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in hematology clinical practice. This includes the ability to:
      1. Correlate test results with patient information
      2. Evaluate and interpret scientific literature, with an understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis
      3. Evaluate and validate new hematological procedures and instrumentation
      4. Pursue professional development opportunities
    1. Demonstrate critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills in hematology. This includes the ability to:
      1. Employ discipline-specific knowledge in the context of hematological clinical decision making
      2. Collect and analyse pertinent information
      3. Interpret data
      4. Apply systems thinking to hematological medical laboratory science practice
      5. Draw conclusions and make judgments or recommendations
      6. Incorporate current best evidence to evaluate/develop testing guidelines
    1. Perform a full range of hematology laboratory tests with accuracy and precision. This includes the ability to:
      1. Competently and safely collect and/or process appropriate biological specimens for hematological tests procedure
      2. Operate hematology laboratory instrumentation and perform preventative/corrective maintenance
      3. Evaluate the acceptability of test data; identify any problems with specimens, procedures, or instrumentation; and take appropriate corrective action
      4. Utilize hematology quality assurance to monitor analyses, equipment, and technical competency
      5. Report hematology results clearly and accurately
      6. Effectively utilize computers, laboratory software, and information systems to record and report results
      7. Apply and interpret hematology laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures
      8. Apply principles of quality management systems
    1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour in hematology. This includes the ability to:
      1. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of patient results
      2. Consider ethical responses to difficult situations
      3. Practice effectively in interprofessional teams
      4. Communicate effectively and professionally with other healthcare professionals, the public, and patients
      5. Promote patient-centered healthcare through diagnostic and therapeutic support
      6. Apply principles of leadership and management to maximize productivity and efficiency of the laboratory
      7. Design, implement and evaluate programs of instruction for students and employees
      8. Provide professional leadership through local, regional, and national groups
    1. Undertake hematology research investigations on problems requiring research analysis and communicate the conclusions or solutions in the most pertinent format
      1. Conduct scientific studies to contribute to the development of the hematology Medical Laboratory Sciences profession
      2. Plan and conduct and participate in hematological research activities to develop new knowledge and skills
      3. Deal with the challenges of complex issues related to hematology Laboratory Sciences and arrive at newer ideas and views of problem solving
      4. Compare, validate and device scientific approaches to solve research problems
    1. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
      1. Framework for future learning and continuous professional development in hematology, quality systems and laboratory management
  1. STUDY PLAN

Semester

Courses

Credits

Total

1

General Pathology

2

11

Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

2

Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics

2

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

2

Clinical Haematology I

3

2

Biostatistics

2

13

Research Methodology

2

Clinical Haematology II

4

Blood Coagulation

2

Advanced Concepts in Immunohematology

3

3

Hematology Laboratory Rotations

4

6

Teaching and Learning for Laboratory Professionals

2

4

Thesis

6

6

Total Credits =36 (Core Courses: 14, Hematology: 22)


Immunology Read More

  1. Learning Outcomes:

After completing the program, graduates will be able to:

    1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in clinical practice. This includes the ability to:
      1. Correlate test results with patient information
      2. Evaluate and interpret scientific literature, with an understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis
      3. 3. Evaluate and validate new procedures and instrumentation in immunology lab
      4. Pursue professional development opportunities
    1. Demonstrate critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills. This includes the ability to:
      1. Employ discipline-specific knowledge in the context of immunological clinical decision making
      2. Collect and analyse pertinent information
      3. Interpret data and medical reports
      4. Apply systems thinking to immunological medical laboratory science practice
      5. Draw conclusions and make judgments or recommendations
      6. Incorporate current best evidence to evaluate/develop testing guidelines
    1. Perform a full range of laboratory tests with accuracy and precision. This includes the ability to:
      1. Competently and safely collect and/or process appropriate biological specimens for an immunological tests procedure
      2. Operate immunological laboratory instrumentation and perform preventative/corrective maintenance
      3. Evaluate the acceptability of test data; identify any problems with specimens, procedures, or instrumentation; and take appropriate corrective action
      4. Utilize quality assurance to monitor analyses, equipment, and technical competency
      5. Report results clearly and accurately
      6. Effectively utilize computers, laboratory software, and information systems to record and report results
      7. Apply and interpret laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures
      8. Apply principles of quality management system in immunology
    1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour. This includes the ability to:
      1. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of patient results
      2. Consider ethical responses to difficult situations
      3. Practice effectively in interprofessional teams
      4. Communicate effectively and professionally with other healthcare professionals, the public, and patients
      5. Promote patient-centered healthcare through diagnostic and therapeutic support
      6. Apply principles of leadership and management to maximize productivity and efficiency of the laboratory
      7. Design, implement and evaluate programs of instruction for students and employees
      8. Provide professional leadership through local, regional, and national groups
    1. Undertake research investigations on problems requiring research analysis and communicate the conclusions or solutions in the most pertinent format
      1. Conduct scientific studies to contribute to the development of the immunology medical laboratory sciences profession
      2. 2. Plan and conduct and participate in research activities to develop new knowledge and skills in immunology
      3. 3. Deal with the challenges of complex issues related to immunology and arrive at newer ideas and views of problem solving
      4. Compare, validate and device scientific approaches to solve research problems
    1. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
      1. 1. Framework for future learning and continuous professional development in immunology, quality systems and laboratory management
  1. STUDY PLAN

Semester

Courses

Credits

Total

1

General Pathology

2

11

Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

2

Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics

2

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

2

Immunology I

3

2

Biostatistics

2

13

Research Methodology

2

Immunology II

3

Immunology III

3

Advanced Concepts in Immunohematology

3

3

Immunology Laboratory Rotations

4

6

Teaching and Learning for Laboratory Professionals

2

4

Thesis

6

6

Total Credits =36 (Core Courses: 14, Immunology: 22)


Molecular Biology Read More

  1. Learning Outcomes:

After completing the program, graduates will be able to:

    1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge molecular biology base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in clinical practice. This includes the ability to:
      1. Correlate test results with patient information
      2. Evaluate and interpret scientific literature, with an understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis
      3. Evaluate and validate new procedures and instrumentation in molecular biology lab
      4. Pursue professional development opportunities
      5. Gain new trends including molecular diagnostics, robotics, core laboratory point of care and self-testing
    1. Demonstrate critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills. This includes the ability to:
      1. Employ discipline-specific knowledge in the context of molecular biology clinical decision making
      2. Collect and analyse pertinent information
      3. Interpret data and medical reports
      4. Apply systems thinking to medical laboratory science practice in molecular biology
      5. Draw conclusions and make judgments or recommendations
      6. Incorporate current best evidence to evaluate/develop testing guidelines
    1. Perform a full range of laboratory tests with accuracy and precision. This includes the ability to:
      1. Competently and safely collect and/or process appropriate biological specimens for a tests procedure of molecular biology
      2. Operate molecular biology laboratory instrumentation and perform preventative/corrective maintenance
      3. Evaluate the acceptability of test data; identify any problems with specimens, procedures, or instrumentation; and take appropriate corrective action
      4. Utilize quality assurance to monitor analyses, equipment, and technical competency
      5. Report results clearly and accurately
      6. Effectively utilize computers, laboratory software, and information systems to record and report results
      7. Apply and interpret laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures
      8. Apply principles of quality management systems in molecular biology
    1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour. This includes the ability to:
      1. Maintain appropriate confidentiality of patient results
      2. Consider ethical responses to difficult situations
      3. Practice effectively in interprofessional teams
      4. Communicate effectively and professionally with other healthcare professionals, the public, and patients
      5. Promote patient-centered healthcare through diagnostic and therapeutic support
      6. Apply principles of leadership and management to maximize productivity and efficiency of the laboratory
      7. Design, implement and evaluate programs of instruction for students and employees
      8. Provide professional leadership through local, regional, and national groups
    1. Undertake research investigations on problems requiring research analysis and communicate the conclusions or solutions in the most pertinent format
      1. Conduct scientific studies to contribute to the development of the molecular biology medical laboratory sciences profession
      2. Plan and conduct and participate in research activities to develop new knowledge and skills in molecular biology
      3. Deal with the challenges of complex issues related to molecular biology and arrive at newer ideas and views of problem solving
      4. Compare, validate and device scientific approaches to solve research problems
    1. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
      1. Framework for future learning and continuous professional development in molecular biology, quality systems and laboratory management
  1. STUDY PLAN

Semester

Courses

Credits

Total

1

General Pathology

2

11

Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

2

Clinical Immunology and Immunogenetics

2

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

2

Molecular Biology I

3

2

Biostatistics

2

13

Research Methodology

2

Molecular Biology II

2

Molecular Biology III

3

Molecular Biology IV

4

3

Molecular Biology Laboratory Rotations

4

6

Teaching and Learning for Laboratory Professionals

2

4

Thesis

6

6

Total Credits =36 (Core Courses: 14, Molecular Biology: 22)

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.