Graduate Diplomas in Pathology

The Graduate Diploma is a research training program comprising work equivalent to that carried out in the undergraduate Honours year. The Graduate Diploma year is structured in exactly the same way as Honours; for more information, please read the ‘Requirements of Candidates’ section on this page:

Graduate Diplomas serve as a qualification for entry to a higher degree by research, subject to meeting admission requirements. They are undertaken through the Faculty of Science; further details are available here:


The Discipline of Pathology offers undergraduate research degree candidature to students from the Faculty of Science. These courses are undertaken either within the Discipline of Pathology or externally in one of the Clinical Schools or research institutes associated with the Discipline. Each project is under the supervision of a member of academic staff from the Discipline and, in the case of external candidates, in association with a supervisor from the laboratory where the work will be performed. The Roles and Responsibilities laid down by The University of Sydney for students and supervisors are available to students and staff ["Code of practice for supervision of postgraduate research student"].


  • To train undergraduate research students in the methodologies, skills, conventions and ethics of science.
  • To promote links between basic science, the discipline of pathology, and clinical medicine.
  • To prepare students for postgraduate studies.
  • To foster a broadly based interest in science among graduates of the University.
  • To conduct high quality research in an environment of intellectual freedom and equal opportunity.
  • To encourage research students to publish their results in high quality journals.
  • To provide a safe working environment for students and to ensure that they learn safe laboratory practices.

Entry Requirements

  1. Admission to this course requires a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Science or equivalent qualification, containing a minimum of 24 credit points of senior units of study (or equivalent at another institution) relating to the nominated science subject area of study. Unlike Honours, there is no minimum SciWAM entry requirement.
  2. Students must have approached a Supervisor who has agreed to undertake supervision of the nominated project. ('Student Preliminary Information Sheet' to be completed and submitted to the Discipline of Pathology main office).
  3. Students must have suitable Associate Supervisor/s nominated by the Discipline in consultation with the Primary Supervisor (NB Students planning to be located in a laboratory associated with the Discipline and not located in the Discipline must be interviewed by their Discipline Associate Supervisor before acceptance).

List of Projects

The list of projects is the same for Graduate Diplomas as for Honours. Projects being run through the Discipline of Pathology can be found here:

Additional Information

Postgraduate Scholarship Application
Students considering applying for Commonwealth Scholarships for postgraduate study are advised to ensure that they inform their supervisors and discuss their options in adequate time for applications to be completed correctly and submitted.

A number of avenues exist to assist students who are experiencing problems with their candidature. In the first instance students are encouraged to speak with their supervisor/s. If this is unsatisfactory, or inappropriate, students may contact their Honours Coordinator, Postgraduate Student Representative or Head of Discipline. Additionally, advice may be sought from the University Equal Opportunity Unit: