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Programme Specification: Part II Pathology

This course is taught by the Department of Pathology


  1. to provide students with the opportunity for detailed study of the core principles of Pathology and to acquire specialised knowledge and understanding of selected aspects of Pathology;
  2. to provide a stimulating and challenging learning environment where teaching is informed and enhanced by research, and to provide training in scientific principles and experience in the evaluation and practice of research;
  3. to provide students with analytical and presentational skills.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should

  1. have a specialised knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the scientific basis of disease;
  2. have developed skills in the analysis of arguments and data from research papers and of reasoned argument in written and oral presentation of scientific investigations;
  3. have research experience and developed basic skills by means of a project.

Teaching and Learning Methods

These include lectures, research seminars, supervisions, data-handling classes, small group teaching and experimental research.


Assessment for this course is through:

  • four unseen written examinations (for aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-3);
  • two unseen data-handling examinations (for aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-3);
  • a dissertation of no more than 25 pages based on a research project undertaken by the student over the Michaelmas and Lent Terms (for aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-3).

Courses of Preparation

Essential: None.

Recommended: NST Part IB Pathology

Additional Information

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