With Pathology and Laboratory Medicine you can explore the causes and mechanisms of human disease.

Introduction

A major in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will allow you to understand the causes and mechanisms of human disease, as well as how they are investigated in the laboratory.

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Course description, features and facilities

The units offered within this major cover the fundamentals of disease mechanisms, the range of human diseases and their investigation, treatment and prevention. Optional units at Level 3 will give you the opportunity to focus in more detail on two major topics within pathology. The theoretical components of the course will be complemented by a series of laboratory and tutorial classes utilising clinical material and cases and well as relevant research topics within the field. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with traditional academic staff, as well as working professional pathologists from PathWest.

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Student profile – Sam Cogle

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major has equipped me with the knowledge I will need for my future studies and career by exposing me to the complexities of human disease and investigative techniques.

UWA has also provided me with the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone while undertaking my undergraduate degree, enabling me to branch into other faculties without restriction.

I hope to use the knowledge and experience I have gained from my tertiary education to make a positive impact on the health of the Australian population.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

After completing the major, students have numerous professional pathways including employment in a wide range of allied and paramedical fields; university and hospital laboratory research; the health care or pharmaceutical industry; and diagnostic laboratories.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major can pursue further studies at Honours level, or undertake a Master of Laboratory Medicine (with appropriate industry experience), or PhD. Other further study options include the Master of Forensic Science, Master of Infectious Diseases, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Chemistry ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Chemistry

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

Contact us

Future Students

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(+61 8) 6488 3939
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First Floor, Ken and Julie Michael Building
7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: the details

Status
Available 2016
Locations offered
Albany (selected Level 1 units), Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1
Weekly first year time commitment
15-20 hours contact, plus self-directed study
Standard full-time completion
3 years
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, M Block, QEII Medical Centre, Monash Avenue, Nedlands, Western Australia
Pauline.Ferguson@uwa.edu.au
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(+61 8) 93462499
Additional information