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Undergraduate study


The Department of Pathology has strong links to the education of medical students, medical laboratory science students, and biomedical sciences students.

The first step towards becoming a health professional or medical laboratory scientist, is to enrol in the competitive Health Sciences First Year programme.

Health Sciences First Year
Medical Laboratory Science
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
BSc (Minor in Pathology)

Please be aware that the requirements for a Minor in Pathology are ANAT 241, BIOC 221, PATH 201, PATH 301, and PATH 302.

If you are planning to declare a Minor in Pathology, please be aware that both ANAT 241 and BIOC 221 are semester 1 papers. It may be useful to plan these papers for the beginning of your second year.

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Undergraduate study

The Department of Pathology contributes to the teaching of 12 undergraduate papers:

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Careers in pathology


Pathology sits at the centre of medicine. Understanding disease processes is fundamental to the good practice of medicine and communication to patients. The Department teaches into the second, third, fourth, and fifth years of the undergraduate medical degree (MB ChB) at Otago Medical School.

Medicine at Otago

Medical Laboratory Science

Diagnostic laboratories are the powerhouses of modern medicine. They are where diagnoses are made and where patient treatment is monitored. For students with a strong interest in laboratory diagnosis, Medical Laboratory Science is the right choice.

Medical Laboratory Science at Otago

Dentistry, Physiotherapy, and Pharmacy

A strong understanding of the nature of disease is an essential component for all health practitioners. Our teaching to Dentistry, Physiotherapy, and Pharmacy students provides the major principles of Pathology.

Dentistry at Otago
Pharmacy at Otago
Physiotherapy at Otago

Science and Biomedical Science

The Department of Pathology offers popular papers in Pathology for Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) students.

For students studying the science of human disease, the inclusion of Pathology studies provides a content on which the various sciences (molecular biology, physiology, anatomy, microbiology) can be firmly anchored.

Biomedical Sciences at Otago
Sciences at Otago


As one of the departments with expertise in the genetic base of life and disease, Pathology contributes to teaching in third- and fourth-year Genetics papers.

Genetics at Otago

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Student profiles

Learn more about why our students have chosen exciting careers in pathology, and how their studies are going.

Pathology undergraduate student profiles

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