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Teaching in the Pathology Department

Teaching in the Pathology Department is carried out by the 11 Professors, some 40 lecturers and associate lecturers and a number of invited specialists; in the last Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) subject review of teaching, Pathology was awarded the maximum score (24/24). The Pathology Department has also established itself as a highly successful and active research department in the field of biomedical sciences, with an annual income from research grants typically in the region of £6.5 million. The research interests of the Department are very broad, extending through immunology, virology, microbial pathogenicity, the biology of parasitic infection and the dynamics of disease processes to genomic analysis and cancer.

The Part II Courses

We offer two Part II courses, one associated with a research project (NST Part II Single Subject Pathology) and one without (NST Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Part II Major Subject Pathology). Both courses are arranged in full year modules of teaching we call options. Typically, an option comprises a series of lectures, small group interactive teaching sessions, seminars and supervisions.

Part II Pathology is about the mechanisms which regulate cells and tissues at the molecular, cellular and genetic level, and how these are disrupted in disease processes. Research and teaching in Pathology is, of necessity, multidisciplinary and draws upon elements from a broad range of subjects. The courses we offer are naturally of relevance to medicine and veterinary medicine students since an understanding of the molecular basis of disease is a useful adjunct to clinical expertise. However, the courses have also proven exciting and challenging to NST students. For those planning a career in research for example, it is worth pointing out that in 2008, the UK's budget for basic biological research was some £594m, but for biomedical research, some £1,200m!