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.

The Pathology major integrates knowledge in a range of disciplines from human biology to molecular genetics, by enabling students to complete sequences of specialist and integrated subjects which will develop understanding of applications of current molecular and genetic methods to problems in pathological/medical practice.

Students will gain experience preparing them for the workplace or further studies by participating in lectures series, group based research projects and laboratory based practical sessions.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    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.

    It is important to be aware that by 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.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Pathology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Pathology Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Critical Thinking with Data
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Our Planet, Our Health
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Techniques in Molecular Science
Relating Health and Learning
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
Experimental Pathology
Body, Mind & Medicine: A dissection
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Mechanisms of Human Disease
Techniques for Investigation of Disease
Leading Change in a Complex World
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Frontiers in Human Disease
Advanced Investigation of Human Disease
Living Longer: A Global Diagnosis

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.


  Course  Core Subjects   Major   Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

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