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.

Using the newest research techniques available, you will explore the various methods used in finding answers to some of these questions in the research laboratory, and begin to understand how these techniques are being used to solve disease-related problems.

Studies in this discipline are also available via the Bachelor of Biomedicine.


Stefan Bjelosevic

“The Pathology major is incredibly engaging and rewarding. The course places strong focus on the mechanisms behind disease, with particular emphasis on current and cutting edge medical research.“


  • Career Outcomes

    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.

    This major gives you the background to undertake further graduate research training in pathology.

    Earnings for life scientists, which includes Pathology, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.

    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 Science graduates with a major in Pathology are well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, engineering, teaching and law;
    • Either an Honours or Masters pathway into a graduate research degree in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Pathology

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective