Master of Science in Clinical Pathology (MS CP) - Gulf Medical University

Master of Science in Clinical Pathology (MS CP)

The MS CP program is defined as a 2-year period of organized educational experience designed to develop basic competencies in Clinical Pathology and prepares the MS CP graduates for further Ph.D. / MD studies; resident trainee positions in clinical pathology, teaching assistantship in medical colleges; research assistantship in universities, research centers and biomedical corporations (R&D); after three years in the field as Manager of laboratories or as Clinical Pathology practitioners after licensure passage.

The fundamental goal of the Clinical Pathology Masters Program is to provide the training and guidance that allow the student to acquire the knowledge and to develop the skills and attitudes needed to approach patient care through the use of laboratory service, investigation, and data interpretation.

The program shall be integrated to provide all clinical pathology elements that a beginner level pathologist practitioner requires in the areas of: communication skills and information technology; medical microscopy; microbiology; immunology and immunogenetics; molecular pathology ncluding cytogenetics; hematology and transfusion medicine. Courses in biostatistics and research methodology and ethics will enable the students to design research protocols for testing their hypotheses through an investigatory and analytical thinking approach. The didactic courses of all elements of the training will be concentrated during PGY1 to optimize use of faculty time and help students to lay strong theoretical foundations of clinical pathology. Integrated community-based practice of clinical laboratory medicine with additional elements of informatics, cost management and systems based practices are important elements of the educational program during the hospital-based rotations in PGY2. The last semester will be devoted to research work in any one subspecialty leading to submission of a thesis.


  • To satisfy the need for postgraduate education in Clinical Pathology for health professionals in the UAE and other countries.
  • To provide quality education and training comparable with that of the best international centers in that field, to medical graduates.
  • To prepare candidates for further PhD/MD studies, practice of Clinical Pathology, resident positions in clinical pathology, teaching and research assistantship in medical colleges & research centers.


The vision of the Gulf Medical University is to be a leading contributor to the continuous improvement of the nation’s healthcare delivery system through the pursuit of excellence in medical education, biomedical research and health care services.

The University aspires to provide a unique learning experience of high quality to our students and produce graduates whose competence will help them to make a significant contribution to the health of the community through pursuit of academia, research and healthcare.

The University aspires to attract the best of students by offering a variety of excellent programs supported by quality administration and student support services.

The University aspires to be known for excellence and impact of its research on the educational milieu of the nation and the outcomes of clinical care.

The University aspires to be an integral part of the community through transfer of knowledge, continuous dialogue with the country’s health care planners and enhanced community service.

Policy Statement:

Gulf Medical University admits students irrespective of their national origin, color, gender, or religion to all the rights, privileges, activities and programs offered by the university.

The University stands for the highest moral and academic standards consistent with the heritage and cultural background of the United Arab Emirates and shall aspire for national and international recognition of its programs and degrees.

The University sets high standards for previous academic performance to attract students of high caliber and to meet and exceed the standards of high retention and low attrition and outstanding academic performance required to fulfill the accreditation standardsfor every program offered by the University.

General Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants shall meet all general admission requirements as laid down in the Standards published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In addition the following requirements must be met:
  • The applicant shall be a graduate of an accredited medical school in the UAE or a graduate of an IMED-listed medical school outside the UAE.
  • No applicant shall be discriminated on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin or disability status.
  • English Proficiency Requirement:
    A TOEFL score of 550 on the Paper-Based, 213 on the Computer-Based, or 79 on the internet-Based test, or the equivalent score on another standardized test such as IELTS score of 6.0 is required of all students admitted to Master’s programs with the following exceptions:

    • A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.
    • A student admitted to and graduated from an English medium institution who can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the Paper-Based test, or its equivalent on another standardized test upon admission to his/her undergraduate program.
  • GPA Requirements:
    A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale or its established equivalent) in the applicant’s Baccalaureate degree program is required for admission to graduate programs.

Probationary admittance may be granted to:

  • A student with a CGPA of 2.5 or higher and a TOEFL score of 530 on the Paper-Based test, 197 on the Computer-Based, or 71 on the Internet-Based test (or its equivalent using a standardized test may be admitted to a Master’s program subject to the following:
    • The student achieves a TOEFL score of 550 by the end of the first semester.
    • The student takes a maximum of six (6) credit hours in the first semeter during which he/she takes intensive English. He/she must achieve an average score of 3.0(on a 4.0 point scale or its established equivalent) in the credit courses taken.
    • If either provision is not met, the student must be dismissed.
  • A student with a CGPA between 2.5 and 2.99 and a TOEFL score of 550 (or its equivalent / using a standardized test can take a maximum of 9 credit hours in the first semester. He/she must achieve a semester average score of 3.0 (on a 4.0 point scale or its established equivalent) in the credit courses taken to continue in the program. If not, the student must be dismissed.

Mature entry admission:

  • A mature entry student who does not meet the stated GPA requirement but has at least 5 years of relevant documented work experience after the Baccalaureate degree was obtained, provided he/she meets the English proficiency requirements may be admittedunder the category of Mature Entry admission provided the total number of such students admitted to a Master’s program does not exceed 10%.

Admission of graduates of Higher Diploma to Master Programs:

  • Graduates with a Higher National Diploma shall not be admitted to Masters programs. This diploma is not equivalent to a baccalaureate degree.
  • This program requires its trainees to develop competencies in the 7 areas listed below to the level expected of a specialist beginner. Towards this end, this program defines the specific knowledge, skills, and an attitude required and provides educational experiences, as needed, in order for the trainees to develop.
  • Demonstrate a satisfactory level of diagnostic competence and assist in the management of patients in the context of clinical pathology services as a beginner in the specialty (Patient care).
  • Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and the application of this knowledge to clinical pathology (Medical knowledge).
  • Investigate and evaluate one’s diagnostic and consultative practices and appraise and assimilate scientific evidence to improve one’s practices (Practice based learning and improvement).
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with fellow clinicians, patients, patients’ families, and laboratory staff (Interpersonal and communication skills)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population (Professionalism).
  • Demonstrate awareness and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to call on system resources to provide pathology services that are of optimal value (Systems based practice).
  • Demonstrate evidence of an inquisitive attitude on the part of the trainee by active participation in clinical or laboratory research, research seminars or other intradepartmental scholarly activity (Scholarly activity).