CPUT BHSc: Medical Laboratory Science  Course and Fees

Course Information and Fees


BHSc: (Bachelor Degree – Bhsc)

Qualified medical laboratory scientists are specialised health professionals who play an integral role in the healthcare of society by providing vital information about a patient’s state of health. Their input is necessary in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. The analytical and diagnostic services provided by medical laboratory scientists require a strong scientific knowledge, as well as trained reasoning ability and empathy for humanity.

The four-year programme includes clinical practice in an accredited Training Laboratory for the last 18 months of the programme. In the fourth year of studies, the student needs to select an area of specialisation in which they will practice from one of the following disciplines: Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Pathology, Cytogenetics, Cytopathology, Haematology, Histopathology, Immunohaematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Forensic Science and Pharmacology. The offering of a specialisation will depend on the number of students and the needs of the profession. Students need to pass a National Board Examination in their area of specialisation before they graduate. The qualifying learner will be able to apply principles and techniques in the routine and specialized analysis of biological specimens and other substances in an area of specialization. They will be able to organize laboratory operations in clinical diagnostic laboratories and related fields, in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). They will be able to integrate laboratory tests and results with pathophysiological conditions and conduct research grounded in a deep knowledge of the subject area and based on sound scientific principles. Within the programme, management skills are developed with a view to applying good business management and encouraging entrepreneurial development. They will be able to implement training programmes within medical laboratories. The outcomes of the qualification are underpinned by compliance with statutory requirements including quality, ethics and safety.

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In order to practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, the learner will have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the area of specialisation in which they obtain their qualification.

Career Opportunities

A qualification in Medical Laboratory Science leads to an interesting and challenging career for a dedicated, mature and professional person who wishes to pursue a career in the field of medical science. Qualified Medical Laboratory Scientists are employed in laboratories in blood transfusion services, private pathology practices, the National Health Laboratory Services, the Medical Research Council, forensic laboratories, veterinary practices and other disciplines such as pharmaceutical companies. Those wishing to pursue a career in research can be employed in research laboratories at academic institutions. Registered Medical Laboratory Scientists may also apply for a license to practice in a private capacity in their own laboratories.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Additional Selection Criteria: Applicants need to include the following with their application forms:

  • A letter of motivation with their application form as to why they wish to become Medical Laboratory Scientists.
  • The applicant may be interviewed by the Department – this could be face-to-face or telephonically;
Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Bellville Campus:
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Bellville Campus:
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Bellville Campus:

Second Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

Third Year

Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Semester 2 Only
Compulsory subject(s):

Fourth Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Select one of the following disciplines:
Semester 1 Only
Compulsory subject(s):
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /
Course is offered on Bellville Campus.
For any queries get in touch with:
Contact: Sanet Nothnagel
Telephone: +27 21 959 6902
Fax: +27 21 959 6874
Email: nothnagels@cput.ac.za
Contact: Wendy Solomon
Telephone: +27 21 959 6492
Fax: –
Email: solomonw@cput.ac.za
NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2024 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning. 


This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.

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