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Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics for Medical Laboratory Technologists

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
26 Aug 2024 (Mon)
9 months
Course Fee
Course fee: HK$26,000 (one single installment, subject to review)
Deadline on 12 Aug 2024 (Mon)
2975 5683
3104 9137
How to Apply


Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of biology and computational science. It uses computer programmes to compare and analyse the sequences of biological molecules, which usually refers to DNA, RNA, or protein. Bioinformatics aims to determine gene and protein functions, reveal evolutionary relationships, predict 3-D structure of proteins, and most importantly to identify the genetic cause of diseases.  After completion of this programme, students can pursue further studies in bioinformatics and precision medicine at Master level.


The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge of genetics and genomic technologies; the operational skills of Windows and Linux computing environment; and the fundamental programming skills for the analysis of biological and clinical data. It also covers the applications of the software, database, and scripts to identify the genetic cause of diseases.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to 
1. explain the principles of Genomic Technologies;
2. retrieve genomic sequences by using appropriate database and software;
3. develop computer scripts to complete fundamental tasks of data processing;
4. apply bioinformatic tools to analyse and interpret genomic data for clinical diagnosis.

Programme Details

Mode of Delivery

This programme is delivered on a part-time basis. Normally, classes will be held 2 sessions per week. The medium of instruction is English.

Programme Duration

The normal and minimum programme duration of study is 9 months.


A variety of different assessments will be applied (e.g. worksheet, report, and written examination).


Upon successful completion of all modules and meeting the attendance requirement of at least 80% for each module, students will be awarded the “Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics for Medical Laboratory Technologists” within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.


The programme will be delivered in face-to-face mode at HKU SPACE learning centres.

Application Code 2240-HS211A -


The programme consists of 4 modules:

  1. Genetics and Genomic Technologies
  2. Introduction to Bioinformatic
  3. Programming for Biological Data
  4. Application of Bioinformatics in Medical Laboratories


Application Fee


Course Fee
  • Course fee: HK$26,000 (one single installment, subject to review)

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall

  1. hold a degree in medical laboratory science, biology, medicine or related disciplines from a recognised institution;


   2.   have registered with the Hong Kong Medical Laboratory Technologists Board (MLT Part I or MLT Part II).

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

3. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no sub-scores lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

4. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or

5. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or

6. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or

7. equivalent qualifications.


Applicants with other qualifications and have at least 3-year relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit. They shall provide evidence of English proficiency as listed above.


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.