Department of Medical Laboratory Science

About the department

The department of Medical laboratory Science was established in December 2007 and began its operations in January 02, 2008. The departmental office is located on Arts complex II building, Second Floor, Room Number 2005 and 2006. Currently, the department offers three programmes: B.Sc. (Medical Laboratory Science),  M.Sc. (Infectious Diseases) and PhD in any field of Medical Labolatory specialization.  The B.Sc. Programme leads to a professional qualification allowing the graduates to practice Medical Laboratory Science in all the clinical laboratories both in public and private hospitals.

The B.Sc. (MLS) programme was revised in June 2008, to meet the frontiers and current market demands in Medical Laboratory Science. It is a four year programme with a Trimester of clinical rotations each year. The clinical phase takes 8 week for the first 3 academic years and 16 weeks in the last academic year. The B.Sc (MLS) is extremely popular and competitive programme with a very high number of applicants every year.

The M.Sc Infectious Diseases Programme provides comprehensive and focused exposure to Infectious Diseases and has strengths in the following areas: Immunology, Medical Virology, Medical Bacteriology, Medical Parasitology, and Medical Mycology. The goal of this programme is to provide an opportunity for students to specialize in any of the five disciplines mentioned above. The M.Sc. (Infectious Diseases) is a 2 year training programme, course work in the first year and thesis research in the second year of study.
Our vision

  • To be the leading center in the training of Medical laboratory Science graduates globally.


  • To train Medical Laboratory Scientists for the service of humanity.


  1. Produce medical science graduates with state of the art skills in all the areas of laboratory medicine and medical research.
  2. Equip medical laboratory science students with administrative and managerial skills for sound clinical laboratory practice.

Career prospects
On graduating from the B.Sc. and Postgraduate programs, there are ready opportunities for graduates as Scientists and Technologists in the private sector Hospital Laboratories. These graduates are also eligible to work in Medical and Biomedical research laboratories, reference and Biotechnology laboratories. They can also work in dairy or brewing companies in product development, in medical equipment companies in sales and marketing and in Pharmaceutical companies as well. Medical laboratory scientists can progress into managerial or supervisory roles in a laboratory. With further postgraduate study, they may do research into particular disciplines and become researchers or University lecturers.


Departmental Workshop photo; From left Dr. S. Mathenge (Dept. chairperson), Mr. K. Chepkok CEC Health Elgeyo Marakwet County, Prof. P. Bessong (Visiting Prof ) University of Venda, South Africa, Dr. Wachuka Njoroge and Dr. G. Gachara


Group photo of guests during AKUMELS workshop at Amphitheatre Kenyatta University




Photo of MLS students assisting in food preparation at Nyumbani Childrens’ Home Karen



Photo of Under graduate BSc. Medical Laboratory Science students playing with Kids at Nyumbani Childrens’ Homes, Karen







Registration of students

-          Student unit registration forms

-          Finance clearance


Immediately as per the university deadline



-          Lecturer and registered students

-          Teaching / learning materials


As per timetable


Laboratory practical / demonstrations/field trips

-          Lecturer and students

-          Laboratory space

-          Teaching / learning materials


As per timetable


Examination Results processing

-          Communication from Deans


Immediately as per the university deadline


Supervision of Postgraduate students

-          Registered Postgraduate student

-          Student ID


2-3 years

As per schedule of Graduate school


Recommendation/Introductory letter/Confirmation of Units covered

-          Student ID

-          Request letter


48 hours


Clearance in the department

-          Students ID

-          Clearance forms




Checking on missing marks

-          Form from the school listing the missing marks


1 week


Preparation of departmental time table

-          University main timetable


2 days


Supervision of students on hospital attachment

-          Confirmation from relevant hospitals


As per schedule


Provision of academic advice

-          Enquirer

-          Appointment with academic adviser

-          Email enquiry




Orientation of new students

-          Invitations to new students and staff


2nd week after the beginning of the year

 Undergraduate Programmes

  • Bachelor of Science (Medical Laboratory Science)

Postgraduate Programmes

  • Master of Science Infectious Diseases
  • Doctoral programmes for all areas of Infectious diseases

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 August 2018 10:07