Master of Medicine (Pathology)

Approved Abbreviation: MMed(Path)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4750.2

AQF Level: 9

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 1H 2019.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2018 - please refer to: 4750.1 Master of Medicine (Pathology)

The Masters of Medicine (Pathology) program by coursework is offered to local and international medical graduates who are undertaking specialist training in Anatomical Pathology. It is a 2 year program with online learning modules covering both surgical pathology and cytopathology, and is aimed to endow the candidates with the necessary level of diagnostic knowledge which will aid in their successful completion of specialist training in Pathology. Recently qualified pathologists may also find the course useful to consolidate their knowledge and diagnostic skills. All the assessments are online. There is 2 weeks of a compulsory conference held every year at the university. Students are urged to attend face to face however the students can attend online via video conferencing. Virtual students will still need to attend the lectures and case discussions (via video conferencing) and undertake the assessments during this 2 week period.

◾ Director of Academic Program - Dr Kate McBride

Study Mode
Two years part-time.

The program is designed to help meet the expectations required to obtain Fellowship to practice as a qualified Anatomical Pathologist either locally or overseas.


Applicants must have

Completed Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent Australian or overseas degree in Medicine AND current employment in a supervised training position in Anatomical Pathology as approved by The Royal College of Pathologist of Australasia (RCPA) or equivalent overseas college. The student must remain in such employment for the 2 year duration of this course.


For applicants who are qualified pathologists, proof of fellowship with Royal College of Pathologist of Australasia (RCPA) or international equivalent and registration with AHPRA or other appropriate regulatory body.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

For off-shore international students, IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent is also required

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

It will be required that a candidate is currently in a supervised specialist training in Pathology, and hence be working clinically in a hospital/laboratory setting. In order to be enrolled in the course it is a requirement to have full-time employment in the cognate professional area and as such students will be engaged in cognate informal learning at their workplace. This workplace based learning will be assessed through case studies based on cases that the candidate encounters during their employment.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Please note, this is a two year, cyclic course. Students commence in Year 1, 1H session or Year 2, 1H session.

Year 1

1H session

401227Surgical Pathology 1
401228Cytopathology and Small Biopsy Pathology 1

2H session

401229Surgical Pathology 2
401230Surgical Pathology 3

Year 2

1H session

401231Surgical Pathology 4
401232Cytopathology and Small Biopsy Pathology 2

2H session

401233Surgical Pathology 5
401234Surgical Pathology 6

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