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Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC052 (Internal)

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Key features

  • Complete advanced training in the dissection and preparation of human tissue for surgical pathology. 
  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to work in a diagnostic histology laboratory.
  • Learn in our virtual classroom and practice skills in your workplace while keeping a surgical workbook.
  • Combine online coursework with supervised on-site training in your workplace.
  • This qualification is accredited by the National Pathology Accreditation Council. 


UniSA campus laboratory facililties

This postgraduate qualification is for non-medical professionals who are currently working in an appropriate anatomical pathology laboratory and would like to train in surgical pathology. You will receive advanced training in the dissection, sampling and preparation of tissues for histopathological examinations and diagnosis.

Practical experience in your workplace setting as part of the required Surgical Laboratory Workbook course will be a pivotal part of your learning. 

Why Graduate Certificate in Surgical Pathology Preparation

Why this Degree

Practical learning is a key focus of this graduate certificate and as part of your studies you’ll complete supervised field experience in your workplace. Here you will get the opportunity to perform surgical pathology dissection in a real-life clinical setting. 

As Australia’s university of enterprise, we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction1, we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students and we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 502.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
22017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50 

Real-world connections

The practical on-site laboratory experience is a great opportunity for you to continue to build your network of industry contacts.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Your career

This graduate certificate can extend your employment in surgical pathology across the following settings, in both the public and private health sector. 

  • private practice
  • hospital pathology departments
  • forensic pathology
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • health management
  • veterinary medicine
  • public health departments
  • research laboratories
  • universities and other educational institutions

Industry facts


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

Laboratory medicine student using campus laboratory facilities

This graduate certificate prepares you for a career in histopathology.

You will gain advanced training in:

  • the dissection, sampling and preparation of tissues for histopathological examination and diagnosis
  • specimen recording
  • data storage and retrieval
  • standard operating procedures
  • Occupation Health Safety and Welfare (OHS&W)
  • equipment use
  • macro and microphotography

Practical experience in your clinical setting, as part of the required Surgical Laboratory Workbook course, will be a pivotal part of your learning. 

You will apply skills learnt in the virtual classroom facility in your workplace while keeping a surgical workbook.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • case study reports
  • seminar presentations and discussions
  • surgical pathology preparation workbooks

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Tissue Structure in Health and Disease BIOL 5008 4.5
Surgical Pathology Project BIOL 5006 4.5
Surgical Pathology Workbook BIOL 5007 9 Note(s): 1

I have authored and contributed to many books and medical journals, and I am on the editorial board of several international journals. My research centres on the exploration of snake venoms as a potential source of pharmaceutically useful anti-cancer agents.

AsPr Anthony Woods

Program Director

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AsPr Anthony Woods

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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