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Laboratory Medicine

​Master and Diploma in Laboratory Medicine​

Advances in technology and methodologies in the past decade have resulted in the introduction of a multitude of new laboratory diagnostic procedures. The gradual incorporation of these diagnostic methodologies in the working environment has necessitated that all diagnostic laboratory workers acquire the necessary knowledge and the practical co​mpetencies to reliably evaluate, perform, and interpret the results of these tests. This is particularly relevant as most diagnostic procedures have now become automated and are dependent on commercially available kits, with new technologies replacing old methodologies at an increasing pace.

This program focuses on diseases representing a burden in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and addresses specific issues (genetic diseases, malignancies, infectious agents, and nutritional disorders) which are of current concern. The program seeks to foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional understanding and action.

This two-year program leads to a Master of Science degree. Optionally, students may choose a one-year, non-thesis program leading to a Diploma.


The Master in Laboratory Medicine Program is of high relevance as it:

  • Builds on undergraduate programs in the field.
  • Promotes capacity building of laboratory medicine practitioners.
  • Helps in developing a focus for regional research and training.


The Laboratory Medicine Program has been established with the aim of offering advanced learning and practical training to:

  • Science graduates planning a career in the area of laboratory medicine.
  • Technicians wishing to upgrade their expertise in specialized areas of laboratory medicine.
  • Personnel engaged in the practice of laboratory medicine, including physicians

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate full understanding of the structure and function of all groups of microorganisms and their role in disease causation.
    1. Describe various laboratory methodologies utilized for the diagnosis of various types of infections.
    2. Compare and contrast the capabilities of these methodologies and their reliability.
    3. Determine the optimal methodology to utilize.
  2. Per​form advanced techniques utilizing modern instrumentation and methodologies.
  3. Plan and carry out research projects relevant to the needs of their respective communities within the framework of their laboratory capacities.
  4. Utilize data entry software and analyze the results of experiments reaching reasonable conclusions.
  5. Demonstrate a full understanding of ethical issues inherit in medical research involving animals or humans.
  6. Develop communication skills, both oral and written to communicate plans,ideas and results of experiments at various scientific levels.
  7. Demonstrate leadership capabilities in managing laboratories, including a cost-benefit analysis of various techniques to be adopted.

Program Outline

The Master of Science degree has three major areas of specialization, namely:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pathology (Hematology)​​

​ The Diploma Program is a one-year program organized as follows: 
  • The curriculum is organized around two semesters (16 weeks duration each). The first semester consists of core courses organized in five modules, while the second semester is devoted to specialized courses.
  • The first two sem​esters are spent in formal classroom and laboratory learning.
  • Interactive resource sessions and laboratory activities allow the students to expand their knowledge, share experiences and acquire up-to-date laboratory methodology.
  • After completion of courses, the student prepares a diploma project.​​ 

Graduation Requirements

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work. 
  • Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0.
  • Satisfactorily complete a Diploma project (4 credit hours) assigned by the Academic Committee.