Second Year (Part IB)
Pathology is concerned with the scientific study of disease, and is one of the foundations of medical science and practice. It encompasses all aspects of disease, including knowledge of the causes and effects of disease, and the organism’s response to disease. The cause of a disease is often an injurious agent – a pathogen – but defects and deficiencies may also cause disease. Knowledge of how an organism responds to disease is important, as sometimes disease may arise as a result of an innate response of the organism to injury or infection. The overall aim of the Part IB Pathology course is to explore the underlying general principles of Pathology and illustrate them using specific and common examples. This endeavour encompasses a broad range of biological disciplines, including cellular and genetic pathology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, and virology. The lectures in these topics are closely integrated with practical sessions that take place twice each week. The course is equally suitable for all biological, medical, and veterinary students.
Second year courses are offered to students progressing either to the Part IB of the Natural Sciences Tripos (NST) examination or to the Part IB of the MVST examination. The aim of the courses is to provide an introduction to the processes of disease, including infection; inflammation and immunity; abnormalities of growth, including cancer; disorders of blood vessels and blood coagulation.
The courses for the Natural Sciences Tripos and MVST are taken together in the Michaelmas (first) term and the first half of the Lent (second) term as a core course entitled Biology of Disease. For the second half of the Lent term and for the Easter (third) term, NST students pursue a further course of lectures on tumour biology and on infectious disease and host-pathogen interactions, whilst MVST students take two options from a wide variety of options offered by various Departments, including Pathology. The courses consist of lectures and associated practical classes. The latter aim both to reinforce and to illustrate concepts presented in the lectures and also to give students opportunities for developing transferable skills.
|2nd year Part IB|
|These include lectures, practical classes, supervisions, and small group teaching.Assessment for this course is through:
|3rd year Part II|
|Natural Scence Tripos Single SubjectStudy 2 options from:
This will be followed up with a Research Project or Dissertation
| Teaching & learning methods include lectures, research seminars, supervisions, data-handling classes, small group teaching and experimental research.Assessment for this course is through:
This course offers further study in the main constituent disciplines of Pathology. Students take any two options (except the combination of options 1 and 5, which is precluded) in order to encourage deep study and understanding.
- Cellular and Genetic Pathology: This option deals with the cellular and genetic basis of disease using a number of different examples. Topics include cancer biology, reproductive immunology, and identification of genes encoding inherited disorders.
- Immunology: This aims to give a comprehensive course in Immunology, dealing with such topics as the molecular biology of antibodies, the cellular basis of the immune response and its genetic control, effector mechanisms, immunity and hypersensitivity, and immunopathology.
- Microbial and Parasitic Disease: This option is concerned with the fundamental processes involved in bacterial and parasitic disease. The course includes molecular details of bacterial pathogenicity and explores host-parasite interactions for a range of parasite protozoa and helminths.
- Virology: This deals with molecular and general virology including structure and function of the virion, the processes of replication and its control, virus genetics, pathogenesis, epidemiology, and oncogenesis.
- Dynamics of Infectious Diseases: This covers infectious disease of animal pathogens as it applies to acute and chronic infectious disease across a range of scales, from individual molecular interactions to the dynamics of global epidemic transmission.
In addition to lectures, students attend discussion classes in each of their chosen options and undertake a research project in one of these. The course is a suitable prelude for those wishing to make research careers in the biological sciences as well as for those going on to do clinical and veterinary medicine. There are no particular requirements for entry though Part I courses in one or more biological disciplines are essential.