General information about the Laboratory Medicine programme in English:
- duration: 5 years (10 semesters)
- type: undergraduate (available to secondary school leavers)
- degree awarded: Master's degree [magister]
- tuition fee: PLN 10 250 per semester
- accreditations: 1 - awarded by: Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA)
The 5-year Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine program is offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy. This offer is tailored especially for candidates whose area of interest revolves around medicine but are not necessarily interested in becoming a physician or a pharmacist.
Laboratory medicine is an interdisciplinary field which covers thorough specialist knowledge in the scope of medical and biological sciences. It prepares future diagnosticians to cooperate with physicians, pharmacists and other medical specialists by offering laboratory services in haematology, biochemistry, bacteriology, cytology, pathomorphology, serology, immunopathology, and suchlike. The acquired knowledge and practical skills allow to conduct laboratory tests using the latest technology as well as to interpret and authorise the obtained results.
The programme includes such courses as: biochemistry, biophysics, organic, inorganic, analytical and clinical chemistry, instrumental analysis, microbiology, parasitology, isotope diagnostics, histology, molecular genetics, pathomorphology, immunology, haematology, immunopathology, pharmacology, general and forensic toxicology, clinical cytology, molecular biology, statistics, sample collection techniques, and many others.
Graduates of the laboratory medicine program can pursue their career in public and non-public diagnostic laboratories, various entities within the health care sector, or scientific and research institutes. They may also decide to set up private companies offering medical diagnostic services or continue their academic career through doctoral studies. The completed laboratory medicine program branches into numerous specialisations, such as microbiology, transfusion medicine, medical genetics or toxicology.
„I chose to study laboratory medicine because it was in line with my interests and I have succeeded in turning my passion into my current professional career. The years that I spent at the university were fruitful and filled with activities promoting and supporting student life and the student community.”
Martyna, graduate of Laboratory Medicine
The curriculum follows the official standards of education in the scope of biological, chemical, behavioural, social, clinical and legal sciences, as well as the organisational, scientific and practical aspects of laboratory medicine. During the course of study, students gain knowledge and skills necessary to perform and make use of laboratory tests in order to determine the health status of patients, plan and carry out diagnostic strategies based on the current state of knowledge, obtain and interpret reliable laboratory test results, solve diagnostic problems in different areas of laboratory medicine, provide counselling in the diagnostic process, manage and lead teams of laboratory diagnosticians, and cooperate with representatives of other professions involved in health protection. Education in the field of Laboratory medicine is of practical character, which ensures that the graduates are prepared to practice the profession of laboratory diagnostics.
Graduates of the field of Laboratory medicine, upon being granted the right for independent practice as laboratory diagnosticians in accordance with the Act on laboratory medicine (Dz. U. - Official Journal of Laws of 2001, No. 100, item 1083, as amended), are entitled to seek employment in medical diagnostic laboratories functioning as public or non-public healthcare entities. Moreover, the graduates can be employed in teaching and research facilities, and are entitled to enrol in a third-cycle (doctoral) programme.
Learning outcomes with respect to knowledge, skills and social competence of graduates of the Laboratory Medicine programme can be found below: