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Cellular Pathology Laboratory Practice

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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It is recognised that 70-80% of all decisions about a patient’s diagnosis are informed by tests carried out in pathology laboratories. Cellular Pathology is the branch of pathology which is concerned with the examination of tissue and/or fluid samples (removed at surgery). This is done by teams of Health Care Scientists (HCS) and Pathologists, and involves the specialist preparation of tissue and/or fluid for examination, and the macroscopic and microscopic interpretation of pathological changes. This forms the basis of the diagnosis of a patient’s condition, and it is this information that is then interpreted by a multidisciplinary team in the process of planning appropriate treatment pathways.

This course will examine the role played by healthcare scientists and pathologists in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in patients. It will describe general pathological principles, and specialist modules will enable you to focus on areas of interest; for example, cancer biology, laboratory processes, future of delivery of diagnostic pathology services (e.g. digital pathology), or delivery of pathology services in low-income countries. The course will provide training in routine histopathological methods and introduce you to specialist diagnostic tests, e.g. molecular techniques. It will introduce the concept of laboratory management and maintenance of laboratory standards which are central to the running of an effective cellular pathology service.

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Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above in a related scientific discipline.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Students will be expected to develop key skills required by Biomedical Scientists to work as part of a larger healthcare team tasked with providing diagnostic support to clinical colleagues, and contributing significantly to patient treatment. The student will develop a working knowledge of the regulatory requirements of a diagnostic laboratory which will act as a platform from which they can themselves contribute to setting up diagnostic services in their host institutions. They will also gain a perspective on the need for continued innovation and personal development and in so doing understand the importance of keeping up-to-date in their chosen specialty.

All modules are Core

Postgraduate Certificate
Semester 1 (60 credits – 3 Core Modules):

Applied and Diagnostic Pathology (20 credits)
Research and Analytical Methods (20 credits)
Personal and Professional Development for Cellular Pathology Laboratory Practice (20 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma
Semester 2 (a further 60 credits – 3 Core Modules):

Laboratory Practice and Management (20 credits)
Critical Appraisal of a current topic in Biomedical Science (20 credits)
Digital Pathology (20 credits)

End of Semester 2 onwards (60 credits – 1 Core Module):

Research Project (60 credits)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU - £7,960
  • International - £18,480

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.