Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

Head of Department: Mrs. Lana Basil Khudhur


The Department of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) was established in 2021/2022 year at Catholic University in Erbil. MLS is the study of how medical microbes, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses, affect our health and diagnosis of the causative agents. Also, the analysis of physiological and chemical tests is the primary focus of the BSc Medical MLS program. However, a broader knowledge of biosciences and chemistry, in general, is essential for a complete understanding of MLS.


The Medical Laboratory Science program provides a learning environment that enables medical laboratory science students to become competent laboratory professionals. By acquiring theoretical knowledge and the necessary technical skills, medical laboratory science students can successfully perform testing and provide quality laboratory services.

Microbes play an essential role in human infectious diseases. It is crucial to have the Department of MLS at the College of Health Sciences specialize students in examining various microbes, their modes of transmission, prevention, and infectious diseases.


The mission of this department is:

  • To provide comprehensive scientific instruction to students, conduct novel and meaningful research, and offer consultation in hematological, biochemical analysis, molecular techniques, microbiology, and immunology as they relate to human disease.
  • To produce graduates with cutting-edge knowledge, laboratory practice, and professional healthcare skills that will be able to work professionally in the clinical laboratory.
  • To provide a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of medical Laboratory Techniques, including the spread of micro-organisms, disease causation, diagnosis of pathogens of major significance to public health, and advanced practical training in this diverse field. The increasing incidence of microbial infections worldwide is compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections.



Promote interest in the growth of medical laboratory science as a profession. Provide a stimulating atmosphere for students, faculty, and laboratory staff. Thus, our students develop the desire for learning and the development of up-to-date knowledge to respond to changing demands of the profession. Maintain a source of professionals who participate in bringing new knowledge to the clinical laboratories. This is accomplished through research and continuing education. Develop graduates with the capacity to participate in leadership roles in education and management.

Through clinical experience and the research project graduation, students develop professional skills. These skills include organizing work, making judgments and evaluations, handling problems, and embracing professional responsibility. The student must attain and maintain the expected competency in all areas of medical laboratory science.

 Job prospects

MLS Graduates have a variety of career options from which to choose. University and governmental and private laboratories sector, research centers, quality control, hospitals, teaching, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are among the list of employers looking for qualified graduated MLS.


Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGI One 1 EN1106 General English  (I) 5
2 IR1104 Academic Debates 4
3 IR1105 Kurdistan Studies 5
Kurdish Language
4 IT1106 Computer skills 6
5 MLS1101 Organic Chemistry 7
6 MLS1102 Cell Biology 3
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Two 1 MLS1201 General Bacteriology 7
2 MLS1202 General English (Terminology) 4
3 MLS1203 General Parasitology & Mycology 5
4 MLS1204 Analytical Chemistry 5
5 MLS1205 General Virology 4
6 MLS1206 General Histology 5
Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGII Three 1 MLS2301 Human Anatomy & Physiology (I) 6
2 MLS2302 Bio-safety 6
3 MLS2303 Immunology 3
4 MLS2304 Genetic & Molecular Biology 3
5 MLS2305 Lab. Instruments 6
6 MLS2306 Medical Parasitology & Mycology 6
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Four 1 MLS2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology (II) 5
2 MLS2402 Medical Virology 5
3 MLS2403 Hematology 6
4 MLS2404 Medical Bacteriology 5
5 MLS2405 Bio-security 5
6 EN2407 Professional Writing 4
Note 1: The student should complete 4 weeks of Summer Internships to fulfill the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree
Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGIII Five 1 MLS3501 Pathology 6
2 MLS3502 Basic Nutrition 4
3 MLS3503 Clinical Immunology 4
4 MLS3504 Antimicrobial Agents 4
5 MLS3505 Biochemistry (I) 7
6 MLS3506 Elective 5
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Six 1 MLS3601 Research Methodology & Design 6
2 MLS3602 Food & Water Microbiology 6
3 MLS3603 Epidemiology & Infectious Diseases 3
4 MLS3604 Biochemistry (II) 6
5 MLS3605 Biostatistics 6
6 MLS3606 Microbial Physiology 3
Note 1: The student should complete 8 weeks of Summer Internships to fulfill the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree
Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGIV seven 1 MLS4701 Diagnostic Bacteriology (I) 5
2 MLS4702 Diagnostic Virology (I) 5
3 MLS4703 Diagnostic Parasitology (I) 5
4 MLS4704 Diagnostic Mycology (I) 5
5 MLS4705 Clinical Biochemistry (I) 5
6 MLS4706 Elective 5
 Note 2: The student should start with the graduation project at the beginning of the seven semester
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Eight 1 MLS4801 Diagnostic Bacteriology (II) 6
2 MLS4802 Clinical Immunology 3
3 MLS4803 Bioethics 3
4 MLS4804 Genetic & Molecular Techniques 6
5 MLS4805 Clinical Biochemistry (II) 6
6 MLS4806 Graduation Project 6

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