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Department of Medical Laboratory science
University of Malawi,
College of Medicine,
P/Bag 360.
Blantyre 3.

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About Medical Laboratory Science


Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary profession that encompasses the science of Medical microbiology, molecular diagnostics, Chemical Pathology, Histopathology, Haematology and Blood transfusion among the few.
The college of medicine MLS honours degree is designed to provide a broad fundamental scientific knowledge and its application, such that the graduates(Laboratory scientists) are well equipped to meet with the challenges of modern scientific knowledge in either Health Care or in biomedical research and to enable them to proceed for further training



Be an academic centre of excellence in the training of laboratory scientists in clinical service and biomedical research responsive to the health needs of Malawi and its neighbours in the southern African region.


To be the foremost department at the University of Malawi, College of medicine with a passion for excellence, staff and students welfare and development while committed to enhancing the health of the nation.


The philosophy of MLS department

The broad philosophy of training in Medical Laboratory Science at college of medicine includes: –

  •  To provide sound academic and Professional background for the production of Medical Laboratory Scientists who would be capable of working anywhere in Malawi and beyond.
  • To provide Medical Laboratory Scientists who would satisfy internationally recognizable standards and who could undertake further training towards specialization.
  •  To produce Medical Laboratory Scientists with sufficient managerial ability to play a leadership role in training and the practice of Laboratory Science.
  • To produce Medical Laboratory Scientists with appraisable skills to conduct/participate in biomedical research in compliance with global research ethic principles and national guidelines.



  • To instil in students a sense of enthusiasm for the profession; an appreciation of its application in different contexts (in areas such as general medicine, research institutions,MBTS, pharmaceutical industries, food and beverages, utility Department e.g water corporations; etc.)
  • To involve the students in an intellectually and satisfying experience of learning, studying and research.
  • To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of medical laboratory knowledge and practical skills; performing effectively in clinical diagnostic services, academics and quality assurance; and function independently or in collaboration with other members of the health team in the care of individuals and groups at all levels of health care.
  • To develop in students, the ability to apply their medical laboratory knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in laboratory medicine.
  • To develop in students through an education in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a range of transferable skills of value in medical and non-medical employment.
  • To provide students with a knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas involving medical sciences.
  • To generate in students, an appreciation of the importance of medical laboratory sciences in an industrial, economic, environmental, health and social context.
  • To generate students with the ability to produce biological and diagnostic reagents as well as being able to fabricate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • To empower graduates of Medical Laboratory Sciences with skills that will enable them engage in income yielding ventures i.e. a re-orientation from the take-a-job mentality to the make-a-job mentality.