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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

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Exam BodyDual-award degree - MAHSA University & Anglia Ruskin Univ., UK
Course Duration4 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
FacultyFaculty of Medicine & Biomedical Science
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Course Description

Few are aware that about 70-80 % of all medical decisions are based on laboratory test results of patients. The discipline related to the testing of human tissues has been called pathology or, more recently, laboratory medicine.

Both medically qualified pathologists and others who are scientifically qualified work in the laboratory. The latter include degree-holding laboratory scientists such as clinical biochemists and medical microbiologists and biomedical scientists and diploma level medical laboratory technologists.

Each semester is 6 months long with 14 contact weeks of teaching. Instruction is by way of lectures and laboratory practicals and is conducted entirely in English.

MAHSA University offers the following programmes for the training of laboratory personnel:

  • The BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences.
  • The Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (Dip. MLT).

Year 1

  • Chemistry
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics, Malaysian Studies
  • English
  • Bahasa Malaysia and Computer Studies
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology 1
  • Parasitology 1
  • Diagnostic Haematology 1
  • Immunohaematology 1
  • Clinical Biochemistry 1
  • Immunology
  • Islamic / Moral Studies

Year 2

  • Microbiology 2
  • Parasitology 2
  • Diagnostic Haematology 2
  • Immunohaematology 2
  • Clinical Biochemistry 2
  • Pathology 1
  • Cytology 1
  • Microbiology 3
  • Parasitology 3
  • Diagnostic Haematology 3
  • Immunohaematology 3
  • Clinical Biochemistry 3
  • Pathology 2
  • Cytology 2
  • Professional & Personal Development

Year 3

Practical hands-on training at one of the government or private medical laboratories for about 24 weeks

Degree | KPT/JPS(KA9557)06/15

Students are exposed to the same core subjects as in the diploma programme: clinical biochemistry, pathology, medical microbiology, molecular biology, transfusion sciences and haematology.

Practical training is provided in the medical laboratory of hospitals and private laboratories by way of attachments.
Research training is provided by way of a research project in their final year.

Entry Requirements


  • 3 credits at SPM or O’ Levels or GCSE. The credits should preferably be in science subjects or Mathematics. Pass in Bahasa Malaysia.
  • All applicants must be above the age of 18.


  • SPM : 5 credits, with 3 credits from either; Biology, Physics, Maths, Chemistry or English.
  • STPM or A’ Levels or Matriculation : Min CGPA 2.50 for Biology/ Physics and Chemistry.
  • Foundation in Science from recognised IPTA / IPTS with 60% aggregate for three subjects including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry.
  • Diploma in related field:1) min CGPA 2.75 OR2) CGPA less than  2.75 with 3 yrs  working experience
  • South Australian Matriculation : Score 12 for three subjects including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry.
  • UEC : 5Bs including Biology/ Physics an Chemistry.
  • UNSW HSC/ New Zealand Bursary/ American High School with Advance Placement (AP) : 60% aggregate for three subjects including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry.
  • IB : Min Score 24 for three subjects including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry.
  • CPU/CIMP/ Ontario Secondary School Diploma/ Western Australian Curriculum Council/ HSC-Sydney Australian : 60% aggregate for 3 subjects including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry.



Intake Months

Diploma - January, April, July 

Degree - September 

Career Prospects
  • Both the BSc Biomedical Sciences degree and the Diploma in MLT graduates are broad-based and a stepping stone to many career paths.
  • Most holders of either qualification usually work in hospital laboratories with the Biomedical Sciences usually holding a supervisory position.
  • Some technologists specialise within the laboratory as cytotechnologists or phlebotomists.
  • Diploma and degree holders may also work in research institutions or in the research departments of universities.
  • In addition, the training also qualifies diploma holders to work in sales and marketing of companies selling diagnostic products.
  • Biomedical Sciences graduates are also employable in the pharmaceutical industry, the in vitro diagnostics industry, research laboratories of universities and research institutions and private bodies.
  • The diploma is also a route for entry into a degree programme such as the biomedical sciences programme. MLTs then progress to higher degrees such as MSc and PhD. Holders of higher degrees may work in hospital laboratories or they can engage in teaching or research.
  • As laboratories are now business centres and both the Diploma in MLT and Biomedical sciences. Degree holders may have progressed to acquire MBAs to hold managerial positions.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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