In the Pathology major you’ll investigate disease caused by genetic, infectious, environmental and immunological injury and explore the consequences of injury to different organs and systems of the body.

You’ll learn about the latest research into common but intractable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

Your major structure

You can study this major through the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Biomedicine.


You will take 10 core subjects (150 points) across your degree that will build an understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences (6 in first year, 2 in second year and 2 in third year).

In third year you will also complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in pathology.

Throughout your degree you will also take elective and breadth (non-science) subjects.


In your first and second years you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major, including biology, chemistry and foundational pathology subjects.

In your third year, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of deep and specialised study in pathology.

Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) subjects.

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