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Discipline of Pathology

Teaching and research in pathology
We carry out research and clinical work, teach pathology to undergraduate and postgraduate students and maintain the Ainsworth Interactive Collection of Medical Pathology.

About the discipline

We are part of the School of Medical Sciences, and have been teaching pathology at the University of Sydney since 1883. Today, the curriculum has expanded to provide for the advances and demands of science, medical practice and society.

Study options

Teaching has traditionally been a high priority of the discipline and this, together with close staff/student inter-relationships, has resulted in high academic achievements. We teach students in the Sydney Medical School, Sydney Dental School, Faculty of Science and the School of Medical Sciences. 

We also offer a workshop for Year 12 students.

There are a number of ways you can study pathology units as an undergraduate student at the University of Sydney. We teach pathology units of study in the:

Student can choose to undertake a pathology minor in either of these degrees. View the full list of pathology study options

You can undertake honours in pathology through a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours).

Honours in pathology is open to internal and external applicants who meet the entry requirements. 

For more information about eligibility and taking an honours year, visit our honours page

The University offers a range of research opportunities to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

For more information, please visit our postgraduate research page or contact the Postgraduate Coordinator Professor Paul Witting:

Phone: +61 2 9114 0524
Email: p.witting@sydney.edu.au

Our research laboratories

Our academics carry out important basic and clinical research in these laboratories: 

  • Cell Signalling Laboratory
  • Macromolecular Structure
  • Molecular Immunopathology
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology
  • Mucosal Immunology
  • Neuropathology
  • Redox Biology Group
  • The Stacey Motor Neuron Disease Laboratory
  • Vascular Immunology
  • Viral Immunopathology.

Our research is well served by facilities such as flow cytometer and laser capture microdissection apparatus (shared facilities), histopathology lab, morphometry equipment, confocal microscopy, and an extensive range of capabilities for research based on tissue culture, molecular biology and biochemical analysis.