Faculty of Medicine,Dentistry and Health Sciences Department of Pathology

Students of Pathology

Page Contents: What is Pathology | Studying Pathology at The University of Melbourne | Prospective students | Entry requirements | Study options | What Graduate course does Pathology lead to | What are your career options

What is Pathology?

Pathology is the integrated, scientific study of the causes and mechanisms of disease. It is a discipline which investigates human disease at every level from the molecule to the population. The aim of these investigations is to understand disease processes, then develop management and treatment strategies, or even better, prevent disease from occurring. Pathology overlaps with and links to all other biomedical disciplines.

Studying Pathology at The University of Melbourne

The Department of Pathology is actively involved in teaching and research programs across a large range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses: undergraduate Science and Biomedicine, postgradute Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and the Research Degrees, Graduate Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Centrally placed within the University of Melbourne, the department has close links with internationally renowned Research Institutes, eg. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and teaching hospitals eg. The Royal Melbourne, Royal Children's and St. Vincent's Hospitals. The research activities of the department span a diversity of disease areas and encompass an array of national and international collaborative programs.

Prospective Students

Undergraduate studies in Pathology begin in second year for Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine students. Students from both courses can complete a major in Pathology. Students from Bachelor of Biomedicine can also complete a major in Defense and Disease which is a combined major offered by the Department of Pathology and Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Entry Requirements

University Admission Information

International Students pursuing a Degree in the Department of Pathology, please follow the University procedures to ensure all required documentation is received and your application is processed as quickly as possible.

Study Options

After taking general Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics/Statistics) in first year, you start your study of Pathology in second year. Science students must choose the introductory subject 'Exploring Human Disease' in second semester; Biomedicine students will be introduced to Pathology during their core subject 'Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine'. Thereafter, in both courses choosing four (4) Pathology subjects in third year will give you a Pathology major.

Some students will continue their Pathology studies by taking a 4th Honours year and completing an indivindual research project in which focused disease-related questions are investigated, under supervision of departmental, research institute or hospital-based research staff. This year deepens your understanding of disease processes but also is a rich learning experience in many ways giving you valuable skills for all future activities.

What Graduate course does Pathology lead to?

• Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including Engineering, Law, Medicine and other Health Sciences, and Teaching;
• Professionally-focussed graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including Biotechnology, Environmental Systems, Informatics, Management Sciences, and Nanotechnology; and
• Masters and Honours pathways to research higher-degrees in the sciences and technology within the faculties of Engineering, Land and Environment, Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, and Science.

What are your career options?

A major in Pathology will provide you with opportunities to work in both diagnostic and research laboratories, and in consulting roles within the biotechnology and biomedical or even the military.

Career pathway options

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