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Study laboratory science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying laboratory science as an international student.

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Laboratory science degrees abroad

Laboratory science is a multi-disciplined and practical subject that focuses on the analysis of medical issues. As a laboratory science student you’ll learn hands-on skills that will help you diagnose and monitor diseases, and work out how to identify treatments.

Often referred to as medical laboratory science, or clinical laboratory science, it can cover a diverse range of subjects like immunology, biochemistry, neuroscience and molecular and cell biology. As a graduate, you'll find yourself at the forefront of new treatment discoveries, helping diagnose and treat diseases, and making a real difference to people’s lives.

Studying laboratory science abroad means you could gain access to the best programs and facilities the world has to offer. Laboratory science programs aren’t offered in many countries, so if this is the degree for you then studying abroad could be your best option.

Laboratory science program structure

Laboratory science programs are most commonly offered in the US, and can be studied at undergraduate as a BSc or BHS (Bachelor of Health Science) over four years. Most universities use the liberal arts model, which means you’ll study other subjects before concentrating on laboratory science modules in your last two years.

You can study for a master’s degree as an MSc if you have a bachelor’s in a related subject, and these can take one or two years depending on where you study. If you already have a master’s some universities offer PhD or MPhil research degrees in laboratory science, or related subjects. These usually take three to six years, depending on the pace of your study.

A lot of your learning on a laboratory science program will be practical in nature and take place in the lab. You’ll also attend lectures, group tutorials, seminars and do a large amount of independent study. Each module will have it’s own assessment methods, but you can expect to complete reports, essays, and take written exams.

Most programs will have a number of elective modules you can choose, so no two laboratory science courses will be the same. However, most will cover certain core subjects, including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Cellular biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human diseases
  • Immunobiology
  • Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Reproduction
  • Haematology
Laboratory science program structure

Laboratory science programs are most commonly offered in the US, and can be studied at undergraduate as a BSc or BHS (Bachelor of Health Science) over four years. Most universities use the liberal arts model, which means you’ll study other subjects before concentrating on laboratory science modules in your last two years.

You can study for a master’s degree as an MSc if you have a bachelor’s in a related subject, and these can take one or two years depending on where you study. If you already have a master’s some universities offer PhD or MPhil research degrees in laboratory science, or related subjects. These usually take three to six years, depending on the pace of your study.

A lot of your learning on a laboratory science program will be practical in nature and take place in the lab. You’ll also attend lectures, group tutorials, seminars and do a large amount of independent study. Each module will have it’s own assessment methods, but you can expect to complete reports, essays, and take written exams.

Most programs will have a number of elective modules you can choose, so no two laboratory science courses will be the same. However, most will cover certain core subjects, including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Cellular biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human diseases
  • Immunobiology
  • Neuroscience, Endocrinology and Reproduction
  • Haematology

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Laboratory science study abroad programs

Laboratory science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in laboratory science

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    Applied Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory - BA/BSc University of Wisconsin Parkside, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,378 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,378 USD

    Start date
    February, September
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    Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) - BSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,940 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,440 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Biomedical Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Clinical Laboratory Science - BSc National University, USA
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, October, January, December, November
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    Clinical Laboratory Science - BSc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,960 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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Associate in laboratory science

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    Medical Laboratory Technician - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Medical Laboratory Science Program - ASc University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 USD

    Start date
    September, May
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Diploma in laboratory science

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    Chemical Laboratory Technician - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,261 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Medical Laboratory Technology - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,804 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,525 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Medical Laboratory Technology - UGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,600 USD

    Start date
    April, January
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Certificate in laboratory science

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    Medical Laboratory Assisting - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    5 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,439 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,062 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Laboratory science graduate programs

Master's in laboratory science

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    Medical Laboratory Science - MSc University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in laboratory science

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    Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,054 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,334 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future laboratory science careers

A degree in laboratory science will give you a number of great career options in the healthcare, pharmaceutical or scientific industries. Some roles that a popular among graduates include:

  • Laboratory technician
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Medical scientist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Medical technologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Forensic scientist

If you don’t know exactly what career path you want to take, speak to your university’s career services. They should be able to help you work out what role might be right for you, and help you find internship opportunities.