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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Offered by: MAHSA University
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Course Duration4 Yrs
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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Bioscience and Nursing
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
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

Pass STPM/Matriculation/Pre-University or equivalent qualification with minimum GPA 2.33 in 2 of the following subjects: Biology/Physics or Mathematics/Chemistry


A-Levels or equivalent qualification with minimum Grade D in 2 of the following subjects: Biology/Physics or Mathematics/Chemistry


Recognized Diploma with minimum CGPA of 2.75 in related field


Recognized Diploma with CGPA less than 2.75 in related field and a minimum of 3 years (36 months) working experience in the related field


South Australian Matriculation (SAM): Score 14 in 3 subjects including Chemistry & Mathematics & Biology/Physics)


New Zealand Bursary: Aggregate 65% for 3 subjects including Chemistry & Mathematics & Biology/Physics


Canadian Pre-University (CPU)/Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP)/Monash University Foundation Pre-University Programme (MUFY)/Western Australian Curriculum Council/Trinity College Foundation Studies/Higher School Certificate - Sydney Australia: Aggregate 60% for 3 Science subjects including Chemistry & Mathematics & Biology/Physics


University of New South Wales Foundation: Pass with 3 Principal D for 3 subjects including Mathematics & Chemistry & Biology / Physics


Indian Pre-University: 75% aggregate for 3 subjects including Chemistry & Mathematics & Biology/Physics


American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP): CGPA 2.60 for 3 subjects including Chemistry & Mathematics & Biology/Physics


English Proficiency: Malaysian candidates: MUET Band 3 or IELTS (5.5)/TOEFL (550)


International candidates: IELTS (5.5)/TOEFL (550) paper based or equivalent

Intake Months

April/ Oct

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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