Pathology: Courses, Syllabus, Eligibility, Top colleges | EducationAsia

M. Sc. in pathology is a full-time 3-year post-graduate course. pathology deals with the study of fungi, bacteria, viruses and other microbes that cause disease in living organisms. This course focuses on the science of how hosts, pathogens and other organisms interact to cause diseases in living beings and also on how to control such diseases. Medical pathology is divided into 2 parts Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology. Anatomic pathology is the study of disease at a cellular and tissue level and clinical pathology includes courses of Hematology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry, and Hematology.

Highlights

Course Level

Diploma, Under-graduate, Post-graduate

Duration 2 - 3 years
Course Fee INR 15.000 - 60,000 per annum
Starting Salary INR 2 - 5 lakhs per annum
Recruiting Areas College and Universities, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical Companies, Drug Manufacturing Agencies, and Science Research Labs

Courses & Eligibility

Course Duration Eligibility Entrance
Diploma in Pathology 2 years Candidate must have a graduation degree in any related field including MBBS, B.Sc. in Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, etc. with minimum qualifying mark. University level entrance exam
B.Sc. in Pathology 3 years The candidate must have passed Class 12 or any other equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as compulsory subjects from a recognized board. Merit basis
M. Sc. in Pathology 3 years Candidate must have a bachelor's degree in pathology with a minimum of 55% mark in aggregate or an MBBS degree from a recognized university. AIIMS PG, NEET-PG, JIPMER PG

Top Recruiters

  • Apollo Hospitals
  • National Institute of Health
  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Lal Path Labs, Intelligence Bureau
  • Central Bureau of Investigation
  • Asian Institute of Medical Sciences

Admission Process

After getting the required degree, candidates need to have qualifying marks in the entrance exams. Various institutes offers admission through different entrance exams. candidates need to check the eligibility criteria of concerning institutes before applying. There are few institutes that conduct GD and PI along with the entrance exam scores. After successful in all areas, candidates need to choose Pathology as their course during the counselling process.

Syllabus Courses

Subjects taught in Pathology are:

  • General Pathology
  • Systemic Pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Haematology
  • Immunopathology
  • Histopathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Forensic pathology
  • Veterinary pathology
  • Plant pathology
  • Molecular pathology
  • Surgical pathology

Skills Required

  • Hard-working
  • Good communication skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Confidence
  • Good observing skills
  • Must possess the ability to understand and express their ideas

Top Entrances

  • NEET PG
  • AIIMS PG
  • JIPMER PG
  • COMEDK PGET
  • West Bengal University of Health Sciences Entrance Exam
  • Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Exam
  • Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Entrance Exam

Career & Job Prospects

Job Role Job Description Average Salary Per Annum
Medical Pathologist Medical pathologists are usually either clinical or anatomical pathologists. Clinical pathologists mainly examine body fluids, including blood, urine and bone marrow.  Anatomical pathologists analyze samples of tissue and cells to aid in determining the diagnosis and cause of diseases. 6 - 15 lakhs
Medical Examiner/ Forensic Pathologist A medical examiner determines the cause of a person’s death, be it natural, accidental or intentional. They perform autopsies, examine injuries and wounds, collect samples, and work on them in the laboratories. They also analyze blood and DNA in labs using microscopes and then testify in court. 5 - 10 lakhs
Veterinary Clinical Pathologist They Perform biopsies or necropsies. Determine the cause of a disease through observation and laboratory analysis. Advise veterinarians in the field about diseases they detect in sample tissues or fluids. 12 - 18 lakhs
Pathology Professor Pathology professors teach house- staff, medical and undergraduate students on an advanced level, about kidney-related diseases and their diagnoses via consultations and formal seminars. 7 - 9 lakhs

FAQs

Q: What does the pathology teach?
A:
Pathology teaches the science of how hosts, pathogens and other organisms interact to cause diseases in living beings and also on how to control such diseases. 

Q: What is the basic eligibility criteria to pursue M.Sc, in Pathology?
A:
The basic eligibility criteria to pursue M.Sc, in Pathology is that the candidate must have a bachelor's degree in pathology with a minimum of 55% mark in aggregate or an MBBS degree from a recognized university.

Q: What entrance exams do I need to give to get admission into M.Sc. in Pathology?
A:
Entrance exams that will give you a seat in M.Sc. in Pathology are:

  • NEET PG
  • AIIMS PG
  • JIPMER PG
  • COMEDK PGET
  • West Bengal University of Health Sciences Entrance Exam
  • Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Exam
  • Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Entrance Exam

Q: What job roles can I get after I complete M.Sc. in Pathology?
A:
Job roles a candidate can get after completion of M.Sc. in Pathology are:

  • Medical Pathologist
  • Medical Examiner/ Forensic Pathologist
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathologist
  • Pathology Professor

Q: What are the skills required to excel in a Pathology career?
A:
Skills a person should possess to have a good career in Pathology are:

  • Hard-working
  • Good communication skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Confidence
  • Good observing skills
  • Must possess the ability to understand and express their ideas

Q: Where can I get recruited after completing M.Sc. in Pathology?
A:
The recruiting areas after completing M.Sc. in Pathology are:

  • College and Universities,
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Drug Manufacturing Agencies
  • Science Research Labs

Q: What does a pathologist do?
A:
A pathologist's job description includes:

  • Pathologists make diagnoses using a microscope
  • Pathologists indulge in trying to find out what diseases are affecting living patients.
  • They do testing and the amount of quality control involved in a diagnosis.
  • They use laboratory tests to monitor the health of patients with chronic conditions.

Q: What is the average salary I would get after completing pathology?
A:
After completing M.Sc in pathology, one would get an average salary of 2 - 5 lakh rupees per annum.

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