What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is the degree of choice for innovative thinkers with exceptional scientific knowledge and skills. It's designed for talented students and offers the flexibility to tailor the degree in a way that works for them. The degree offers students access to advanced level courses and includes an Honours year. Students will study foundation courses, which may include subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics and maths, before choosing a major (or two) and really explore what inspires them most. In their fourth year, students undertake an Honours year which involves a supervised research project and in some cases, advanced coursework. Outstanding Honours students may continue their studies in a higher research degree.

Pathology is a scientific discipline which involves the study of diseases, such as infections and cancers, at the genetic, molecular, cellular, and organ levels. Pathology examines:

How and why diseases develop;
The disease process - what happens to our bodies when we are ill; and
The effects of diseases, including their symptoms and complications.

It has been estimated that pathology plays a critical role in more than 70 percent of clinical diagnoses and many of the decisions around the optimal treatment for patients. For example, the diagnostic skills of pathologists allow patients to know if they are pregnant, anaemic, diabetic, at risk of heart disease, or if their lump is cancerous.

Undergraduate study in Pathology involves examination of various disease processes such as inflammation (including infections), wound healing and cancer. Students become familiar with examining both macroscopic specimens and the microscopic differences between normal and abnormal cells, tissues and organs. In modern teaching facilities, much of the study of microscopic abnormalities is undertaken using computer-based 'virtual' microscopy. Courses offered in Pathology allow in-depth study of many fascinating and important disorders such as meningitis, tuberculosis, auto-immune diseases, congenital diseases, a variety of cancers, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, asthma, musculoskeletal diseases and the human version of 'mad cow disease'.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective and appropriate communication in both professional (intra and inter disciplinary) and social (local and international) contexts.
  2. Teamwork, collaborative and management skills including the ability to recognise opportunities and contribute positively to collaborative scientific research, and to demonstrate a capacity for self management, teamwork, leadership and decision making based on open-mindedness, objectivity and reasoned analysis in order to achieve common goals and further the learning of themselves and others.
  3. Information literacy including the ability to make appropriate and effective use of information and information technology relevant to their discipline.
  4. Appreciation and respect of the social, cultural and global context of science with an ability to communicate across cultures and to develop an international professional network.
  5. Independently identify and formulate solutions to complex problems with intelligence, initiative and judgement in scholarship that demonstrates advanced knowledge and critical thinking of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines, and knowledge of research principles and methods.
  6. Capability and motivation for intellectual development; including capacity for creativity, critical evaluation, entrepreneurship and demonstrating a commitment to their own learning, motivated by personal autonomy, accountability, curiosity and an appreciation of the value of learning.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

CRICOS

088842G

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$47,760.00 (US$ 33,222) per year
AUD $203,680 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

14 September 2020, 15 February 2021

Venue

University of New South Wales - UNSW

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,

UNSW SYDNEY,

New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have a high school qualification, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognized prior study or university transfer. English Language requirements: IELTS Academic version only: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); UNSW Institute of Languages University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest).

For international students

Applicants should have a high school qualifications, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognised prior study or university transfer.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic version only: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)

TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest)

UNSW Institute of Languages University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest)

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