Fiona Hampshire

The year starts with a crash course in immunology which turned out to be my favourite bit. It takes quite a lot of work to get your head round it but worth doing because much of the rest of the year (about bacteria, viruses, parasites mainly) refer back to the immunology bit. Lectures are with the Medics until February when the NatScis split off for some lectures on emerging diseases. Lectures end after about 3 lectures in exam term which really frees up the schedule.

Practicals are twice a week but end mid February. A lot of the practicals seem really boring at the beginning because they are mostly histology. However, once you know what you are looking for, they are quite rewarding. The medics have a bit of a head start on the practicals, well I found, because of studying anatomy in first year.

Overall, path is about half cellular and half more broad; about disease. This is quite a nice mix. Beware of exam term- negatively marked multiple choice, but they are actually ok!