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Pathology degrees abroad

Pathology is a branch of science that studies the causes and consequences of disease, illness, and injury. Pathologists analyze biological samples and carry out autopsies to search for medical conditions, offer diagnoses, and determine the causes of deaths.

As a pathology student, you’ll learn how to perform a range of diagnostic tests on cells and tissue samples. You’ll be taught how to interpret these medical results and identify any abnormalities. You’ll also conduct research into medicines and drugs to evaluate their safety and effectiveness.

By earning your degree abroad, you’ll appreciate how crucial pathological studies are to global health and wellbeing. You’ll see how pathological practices and processes differ from country to country, learn from international leaders, and use state-of-the-art research facilities. Alongside this enormous professional growth, you’ll broaden your cultural horizons, boost your confidence, and form lasting friendships.

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Pathology program structure

Pathology degrees are only offered at the postgraduate level. To enroll in these programs, you must have a strong bachelor’s degree in the medical field, and complete the necessary prerequisite courses. Most aspiring pathologists study a four or five year-undergraduate degree in medicine, followed by a two-year foundation course in pathology.

Once you’ve been accepted onto an MSc program, you’ll develop your theoretical and practical knowledge in pathology over an average of two years.

After finishing your MSc, you can begin working towards a PhD. This research-based degree is the highest formal qualification you can achieve. It takes anywhere between four and seven years to complete.

Pathology programs are usually taught through a combination of lectures, interactive discussions, group seminars, and practical laboratories.

You’ll spend a significant amount of time working on your independent research dissertation which will form a large part of your overall grade. You’ll also encounter written exams, assignments, multiple-choice and short-answer tests, presentations, and practical assessments.

Most students choose to specialize in a particular strand of pathology, so no two programs will look exactly the same. However, universities around the world typically deliver core modules in the following areas:

  • Introductory pathology
  • Applied principles of pathology
  • Mechanisms of disease
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Virology and medical microbiology
  • Professional and research skills in pathology
  • Autopsies

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Pathology study abroad programs

Pathology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in pathology

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    Applied Biomedical Science: Pathology (Coleraine Campus) - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,731 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,840 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Pathology - BSc (Hons) Western University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,222 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 41,633 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathology graduate programs

Master's in pathology

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    Laboratory Medicine and Pathology - MSc University of Alberta, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,282 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,410 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Biochemistry : Pathology and Experimental Medicine - MSc University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Master of Science in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (MSc) - MSc The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Pathology - MSc Dalhousie University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,463 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,546 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Pathology - MSc McGill University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,321 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,728 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in pathology

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    Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - PhD University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,430 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,859 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future pathology careers

A degree in pathology will open up many career doors for you. You’ll be prepared to work across several roles and settings, including:

  • Clinical pathologist
  • Forensic pathologist
  • Molecular pathologist
  • Immunopathologist
  • Genetic pathologist
  • Biochemist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Lecturer in pathology

Undertaking some work experience and shadowing in clinical and research settings can help take your employment to the next level. The commitment you demonstrate and the professional connections you make could eventually lead to a job offer.