Cell Pathology


Cell pathology is the study of disease by the techniques used in modern cell biology. It helps us to understand how cellular and molecular mechanisms interact during disease processes.

The honours year

The Discipline of Pathology offers a number of areas of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours). Honours is a one-year course by research normally taken at the end of your third year and serves as an ideal opportunity for you to gauge your interest in a future career with a research component.

The Honours degree allows closer contact with the academic and technical staff of the Discipline. Our recent Honours graduates have enjoyed their year with us and we encourage them to maintain links with the Discipline in the future. During the year, students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge by attending seminars in other Disciplines and in other institutions, or even by participating in national conferences.

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in pathology, you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a member of staff and complete a thesis based on the research. This will culminate in a thesis of your research findings, of 25,000 words (maximum.)

The workload and assessment can be looked at in two parts: seminars and literature review & thesis. Students will present a short overview and research plan to the Discipline in the first week in March, and then a full seminar, reporting their data, after submission of their thesis. The final seminar is expected to be second week of November.

You will be required to attend compulsory research techniques seminars fortnightly, which cover practical and theoretical aspects of a variety of commonly used research tools. On alternate weeks in the first semester a Journal Club is held. You will be required to present a journal article for discussion. Additionally, all students are required to attend four formal research seminars during the year. Students are required to write a 200 word synopsis of each seminar in their log books, to be reviewed and commented on by their supervisor.

The literature review is approximately 7,500 words and due in May. The completed thesis is due first week in November.

Honours projects

The discipine of pathology offers a wide range of projects for honours students covering all areas of contemporary pathology. More information about honours projects and potential supervisors is available at this link:

Related subject areas

Anatomy and histoloy
Infectious diseases

Our courses that offer this honours subject area