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Programme Specification: Part IB Pathology

This course is taught by the Department of Pathology


  1. to describe the mechanisms of disease processes and to convey to the student an understanding of the natural history and dynamic nature of disease processes;
  2. to produce a stimulating and challenging learning environment where teaching is informed by research and encourages the student to develop skills of observation, analysis and deduction;
  3. to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of disease, and to progress to the Part II courses in biological sciences.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the nature of the response to injury;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of innate and adaptive immunity, including the process of inflammation;
  3. demonstrate a knowledge of how microbial pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and parasites) evade host defences and cause disease;
  4. demonstrate a knowledge of how deregulation of cellular growth and differentiation cause disease;
  5. demonstrate a knowledge of the pathobiology of the circulation, including the process of thrombosis and infarction.
  6. demonstrate a knowledge of interactions between infectious organisms and their hosts, with particular reference to emerging infections;
  7. identify and concisely describe basic pathological processes from the study of microscopic tissue structure;
  8. recognize and identify a number of common bacterial species that may be associated with human and animal diseases.

Teaching and Learning Methods

These include lectures, practical classes, supervisions, and small group teaching.


Assessment for this course is through:

  • two unseen written examinations, one of which will contain short answer questions (for aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-6);
  • one unseen practical examination (for aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-8)

Courses of Preparation

Essential: None.

Recommended: NST Part IA Biology of Cells; NST Part IA Physiology of Organisms.

Additional Information

Further information on each subject is available in the Subject summary and on the Course Websites pages.