Studies in this discipline are available in both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

The Pathology major will help you understand disease from a molecular, cellular, tissue, functional, biochemical and immunological perspective. Knowledge will be integrated from a range of disciplines from Human Biology to Molecular Genetics.

Employing the newest research techniques available, you will explore the various methods used in finding answers to some of these questions in the research laboratory, and begin to understand how these techniques are being deployed to solve disease-related problems.


A major in Pathology can open up career opportunities in a range of laboratory settings. These include research laboratories in universities, hospitals or research institutes; diagnostic laboratories in hospitals and private diagnostic pathology services; and biotechnology laboratories. You could also find work or undertake further study in a broad range of areas, such as education, the pharmaceutical or scientific equipment industries, journalism, or publishing.

This major gives you the background to undertake further graduate research training in pathology.

In completing a Pathology major you will learn about pathology, but you will not become a pathologist. This job title is given to those who have completed graduate studies in medicine, followed by several further years of specialist pathology studies while working in a hospital pathology department.

Subjects you could take in this major

  • In PATH30004 Advanced Investigation of Human Disease students will extend their understanding of human disease in the context of library or laboratory based research projects. This subject will give students the opportunity to work within a research group investigating diseases of significance to society and provide them with an appreciation of the relationship between basic research and the investigation of complex diseases and how research discoveries can contribute to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease.

    This subject is an elective subject for Science and Biomedicine students intending to take a major in Pathology and is recommended for students interested in doing Honours in the Department of Pathology.

    Biomedicine students intending to take the Defence and Disease major MUST consult the Major Information Booklet.

  • An individual program of supervised research in which the student, in consultation with the supervisor, designs, conducts and reports on the outcomes of a specific project. Detailed requirements are negotiated with the supervisor.

  • Frontiers in Human Disease introduces students to topics at the forefront of pathology. Lectures are delivered by clinicians, scientists and diagnostic pathologists to give students an appreciation of the latest advances in science and medicine. Through these lectures students will develop an understanding the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of major diseases affecting society.

    Science and Biomedicine students intending to take a major in Pathology are required to enrol in PATH30003 (this subject), PATH30001 and PATH30002.

    Biomedicine students intending to take the Defence and Disease major MUST consult the Major Information Booklet.

  • This subject extends the concepts and examination of disease commenced in second year Pathology (PATH20001, BIOM20001) with a focus on the following areas: cellular and molecular aspects underlying fundamental pathogenic mechanisms in organ specific pathologies.

    This subject is available to both B.Science and B.Biomedicine students.

    Science and Biomedicine students intending to take a major in Pathology are required to enroll in PATH30001 (this subject), PATH30002 and PATH30003.

    Biomedicine students intending to take the Defence & Disease major MUST consult the Major Information Booklet.

  • Techniques for Investigation of Disease aims to develop a sound practical and theoretical understanding of the scientific investigation of disease by the examination of key experimental techniques in the context of particular diseases. Students will undertake macroscopic and microscopic examination of diseased tissue to consolidate their understanding of disease processes developed in PATH30001. Students will use protein, nucleic acid and morphological analysis methods to aid in their diagnosis of disease. This will be complemented by critical analysis of published research papers and computer assisted learning practicals.

    Diseases to be examined include major conditions affecting society.

    This course will introduce students to basic principles of laboratory based analytical methods that are currently used in Pathology Research, Diagnostic Pathology and Forensic Pathology.

Entry requirements & Prerequisites

This major is available through more than one course, both of which have their own separate entry requirements.

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