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Making Your Choice

Your third year in Cambridge is the time when you can study in depth an aspect of biological science which interests you. It is often difficult to decide which particular topic you wish to study, and it is worthwhile talking to present third year students to find out how they enjoy the courses they are taking. The names and colleges of the current third year students are on the Undergraduate notice board in the Department of Pathology.

For Medical and Veterinary students, this is the opportunity to learn about topics which are both scientifically interesting and relevant to your future career. For Natural Science students, Single Subject Pathology offers not only an intellectually satisfying course but also a good training in research.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask staff in the IB practical classes or to contact the Part II Option Organisers. Question and answer sessions are organised in early March and are advertised widely close to this time. These will be held in the Department of Pathology and the option organisers will be available to answer your questions about the courses.

Selection criteria information can be found on the NST website.


How to Apply

If you wish to apply for a Pathology course, you need to:

  1. Register an application through the on-line CamSIS system (for details, see
  2. Complete the Pathology Application Form by Friday 4th May 2021. It is very important that you complete our Application Form in addition to applying for the course through CamSIS. This is because our own Form allows us to see the balance of applications by options so that we can determine whether an option is under– or over–subscribed.  Application forms can be downloaded (see link above) or collected from the Teaching Secretary, Department of Pathology (1st floor).

The number of places on offer may vary, but it is usually about 50 in NST Part II Single-Subject Pathology. If you are applying for this course, the first choice option is that in which you will carry out your research project. In rare circumstances we cannot offer as many projects as there are applicants for an option, due to lack of supervisors or space. Under these circumstances you may be offered a project in your second choice option.

More places within Pathology are available within the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Part II course (~25 places) although there may be minimal and maximal number restrictions. These will be noted on the Part II Application Form.