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BSc Pathology - Intercalating MBChB/BDS students / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
1 year (intercalated)

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

The maximum number of places for this course is 15.

How to apply

Internal students should apply via standard application process for intercalating medical students. External students should contact the Course Director to discuss their application.

Course description

The one year, intercalated BSc in Pathology course provides the opportunity for medical students of high ability who are considering a career in academic medicine to:

  • Study pathology as a science
  • Gain an insight into laboratory medicine
  • Make contacts that may be valuable in their future career

In addition to gaining an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin modern medical practice, you will become skilled in a range of laboratory techniques and experience the challenges of performing a substantial laboratory research project. This course is seen as the precursor to a career in academic medicine, providing you with the opportunity to return to the department to study for postgraduate research degrees or as trainee pathologists.

The BSc in Pathology is a self-contained and highly integrated course, the modules of which are not used in other undergraduate courses. It consists of five elements:

  • A series of approximately 50 seminars/tutorials on General Pathology and Oncology
  • Four modules (each of 8-10 lectures/tutorials) which are mostly system-based
  • Multidisciplinary Investigative Research Training Module
  • A written assignment (literature review)
  • A laboratory-based research project

A major part of the course takes the form of a research project that will occupy a large part of your time throughout the year (approximately 3 days per week for 25 weeks). The project will enable you to become familiar with laboratory techniques such as tissue profiling (histology, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence imaging), cell culture, biochemical assays and molecular pathology and biology. From this you will gain experience in the planning and execution of experiments. You will write a substantial thesis based on the project. Most theses lead to publications and/or presentation at national or international scientific meetings.

The General Pathology element is focused on the scientific basis of the mechanisms of disease and covers cellular and molecular pathology and studies in detail the biological mechanisms underlying tumourigenesis, tumour growth and spread, inflammation and disorders of immunity. In the second semester, you may choose four systems (Systemic Pathology) and study these in more detail, with specific emphasis upon recent developments, conceptual problems and the scientific basis of current investigation.

At the conclusion of the course, students generally return to the medical course. You may proceed directly to a higher degree, although this is rare.

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The best way to get a feel for what it's like to study medicine at The University of Manchester is to come and visit us on one of our open days .


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Dr Stephen Richardson
+44 (0)161 275 5299
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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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