MD Scholarly Selective

Students mainly study pathology in years 1 and 2 of the MD program but there is also some pathology input into years 3 and 4.

During the MD program there are options for additional study of pathology topics for those who are interested.

The Scholarly Selective, representing 56.25 points of work, is a compulsory component of the MD program in years 3 and 4 and involves undertaking a research project in a field related to medicine. Assessment is multifaceted and includes the submission of various pieces of written work and supervisor reports. Laboratories in any of the Departments in the School of Biomedical Sciences may offer projects. Further information is available at:

Clinical elective placements (Vocational Selective) are undertaken in year 4 of the MD program. These provide an opportunity for students to explore a specific discipline in which they have an interest. Pathology placements may be organised. Contact the coordinator of pathology in the MD program or a head of a department of pathology.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia offers scholarships for medical students to undertake a research project related to pathology. Further information can be found from the coordinator of pathology in the MD program and in the Grants and Awards section at

The Basic Pathological Sciences (BPS) examination is run by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, successful candidates demonstrating that they have adequate foundation knowledge in basic patho-biological processes and the principles of disease. While primarily intended for those wishing to undertake specialty training in pathology, any final year medical students or prevocational doctors are encouraged to sit the examination, as an understanding of patho-biological processes and principles of disease is important for the practice of all areas of medicine. Further information can be found at

For those interested in pursuing a career in an area of pathology, further information can be found on the website of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia at