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The Master of Molecular and Diagnostic Pathology (MMDPath) aims to provide medical doctors and other health care professionals a deeper understanding of molecular and genetic basis of diseases, as well as a working knowledge of the principles and applications of molecular technologies as applied to human disease, that will equip them to meet the increasing expectations in health care from patients and the public. As a master degree program, it is designed to meet the educational needs of (a) specialized practitioners, (b) resident specialists in training of the various Academy Colleges making up the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, (c) community-based physicians and (d) medical laboratory staff responsible for developing, managing and providing molecular diagnostic services. In acquiring a fundamental understanding of molecular technologies, candidates will be equipped to comprehend the medical literature as well as make better use of the ever-increasing new molecular tests being introduced.

Enrolment will be open to both local and overseas students. Teaching will be delivered by both face-to-face as well as on-line means, consisting of a combination of didactic lectures, interactive tutorials and practicals, clinical case-based discussion and the use of real-patient scenarios to illustrate the clinical applications of molecular and diagnostic pathology. Innovative use of technology enriched learning and virtual laboratory visits will enable active participation by overseas students.

The Master of Molecular and Diagnostic Pathology curriculum consists of 27 credit of core courses, 27 credits of elective courses and 18 credit units of capstone experience (dissertation), requiring fulfillment of a minimum of 69 credit units of teaching and prescribed work.

Candidates should satisfy the examiners in all summative assessments. Summative assessment may be comprised of both coursework and examination.

MMDP7009 is assessed 100% through coursework. MMDP7008 is assessed 100% through examination. The other courses are assessed 40-50% through coursework and the corresponding 50-60% through examination.

Candidates are also required to submit a dissertation MMDP7006 to the satisfaction of the examiner(s).

Mode of Attendance

Part Time (two years, weekend sessions)

Medium of Instruction


Programme Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to the Master of Molecular and Diagnostic Pathology, a candidate shall:

(a) comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula; and

(b) hold a Bachelor's degree with honors or a degree of MBBS of this University, or another qualification of equivalent standard from this University, or from another University or comparable institution accepted for this purpose; and

(c) satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination, if required.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)

Professor Ui Soon Khoo, Academic Director

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