Students presently studying in, or intending to study in the Department of Pathology, should contact the following people for advice about course planning and other course-related issues:
Dr Theo Mantamadiotis
Phone: +61 3 8344 5861 (45861 if calling from a landline phone here on campus)
Academic Program Co-ordinator
Associate Professor Frederic Hollande
Phone: +61 3 9035 8780 (58780 if calling from a landline phone here on campus)
Majors administered by Pathology
A Major consists of 50 points of third year subjects in a defined area. All students enrolled in a BSc or BBiomedicine are required to complete a major. A major may have compulsory (core) subjects and additional subjects chosen from a list of electives. In planning your path to a Major, please pay attention to prerequisites for core and elective subjects. Prerequisities will have to be completed prior to undertaking the major.
- Pathology: The handbook entry for the Pathology Major can be accessed here.
Subjects Administered by Pathology
- PATH20001: Exploring Human Disease - Science. Semester 2. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH20003: Experimental Pathology. Semester 2. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH30001: Mechanisms of Human Disease. Semester 1. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH30002: Techniques for Investigation of Disease. Semester 1. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH30003: Frontiers in Human Disease. Semester 2. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH30004: Advanced Investigation of Human Disease. Semester 2. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH40001: Pathology Research Project. Semester 1. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH40002: Critical Analysis of Pathology Research. Semester 1. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
- PATH40005: Pathology Research Project. Semester 2. The handbook entry for this Subject can be accessed here.
Prospective PhD Candidates
The Handbook entry for PhD - Science can be found here.
The Handbook entry for PhD - Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences can be found here.
FMDHS Study Hub
Specific information for prospective PhD candidates including Course Description, Degree Structure, Entry Requirements and an Enquiries page.
Prospective MPhil Candidates
The Handbook entry for MPhil - Science can be found here.
The Handbook entry for MPhil - MDHS (Biomedical Sciences) can be found here.
FMDHS Study Hub
Specific information for prospective MPhil candidates including Course Description, Degree Structure, Entry Requirements and an Enquiries page.
Select an Area of Research you are interested in
A note on nomenclature: some Departments in the School refer to their graduate researchers as RHD students (Research Higher Degree) by which they mean PhD, MPhil or Masters students.
Your choice of research project/topic is critical because this is something you will study and research intensively over the next 2 - 3 years. It should be something that really interests you because you will need to sustain that interest for the duration of your research and the final writing of the thesis.
The following will assist you in your choice:
- Check the contents of the Research Project Handbook of the Department of your choice;
- Although these Handbooks are primarily for Honours students, some Departments in the School also list projects available for Masters and PhD students;
- A Research Project Handbook will give an idea of the scope of research within a Department and will also provide valuable insights into the focus of research within the Research Groups;
- The Handbook will also show the supervisors for each of the project and their contact details;
- The contents of Handbooks are updated in mid - late September each year.
- Narrow your focus to one or two research projects. Supervisors often include a short reading list following the description of the project. Make sure you read these;
- Have a really close look at your potential supervisor's research pages on the Departmental site, particularly any projects closely related to the one(s) that you have chosen;
- Check their recent publications which will be listed on their research pages or on their 'Find an Expert' pages;
- Contact the supervisor and arrange to meet them to discuss the possibility of working in their Research Group on the particular project you have chosen. To get the most out of this meeting have ready a list of questions you can ask them about the research, their expectations etc;
- Contact other current graduate researchers in the same Research Group and find out more details about the research, what the supervisor is like to work for, what is the rest of the Research Group like etc. You will find their contact details on the Research Group or individual Project pages or in the Department Staff Directory;
- Contact anyone you know who has completed their PhD or MPhil/Masters and find out from them what were the most difficult aspects of their research, they may be able to give you valuable insights into the process.
Graduate Research Hub
This is a University Resource for graduate researchers. There is no specific Departmental information but the Hub does contain a wealth of information and contacts for graduate researchers including a number of guides that include:
- Getting Started
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Being a Candidate
- Developing my skills
- Making changes
- Preparing my theseis
- Planning my future
- Getting support
Visit the Graduate Research Hub.
2016 Research Project Handbook
The Handbook (PDF, 0.0 MB) details the research projects that are available for prospective Honours, Masters and PhD in the Department Pathology for 2016. The names of project supervisors and their contact details are also given.
For further information on all Honours Projects, from all Departments, available in the School of Biomedical Sciences.
Research Higher Degree Coordinator
Beaney Scholarship in Pathology
Details: The scholarship is awarded to students undertaking a graduate research degree in the Department of Pathology, School of Biomedical Sciences and has a duration of 1 year.
Further enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students mainly study pathology in years 1 and 2 of the MD program but there is also some pathology input into years 3 and 4.
During the MD program there are options for additional study of pathology topics for those who are interested.
The Scholarly Selective, representing 56.25 points of work, is a compulsory component of the MD program in years 3 and 4 and involves undertaking a research project in a field related to medicine. Assessment is multifaceted and includes the submission of various pieces of written work and supervisor reports. Laboratories in any of the Departments in the School of Biomedical Sciences may offer projects. Further information is available at: http://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-resources/md-students-resources/scholarly-selective
Clinical elective placements (Vocational Selective) are undertaken in year 4 of the MD program. These provide an opportunity for students to explore a specific discipline in which they have an interest. Pathology placements may be organised. Contact the coordinator of pathology in the MD program or a head of a department of pathology.
The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia offers scholarships for medical students to undertake a research project related to pathology. Further information can be found from the coordinator of pathology in the MD program and in the Grants and Awards section at https://www.rcpa.edu.au/Library/College-Policies
The Basic Pathological Sciences (BPS) examination is run by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, successful candidates demonstrating that they have adequate foundation knowledge in basic patho-biological processes and the principles of disease. While primarily intended for those wishing to undertake specialty training in pathology, any final year medical students or prevocational doctors are encouraged to sit the examination, as an understanding of patho-biological processes and principles of disease is important for the practice of all areas of medicine. Further information can be found at https://www.rcpa.edu.au/Education/Students-and-Junior-Doctors/Basic-Pathological-Sciences
For those interested in pursuing a career in an area of pathology, further information can be found on the website of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia at https://www.rcpa.edu.au/