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Faculty of Science

Established in 2009, the RCPA Faculty of Science was founded to train and develop a career path for senior Scientists working within the field of Pathology. The Faculty has 3 pathways to Fellowship; by examination, by published works (research) and by scientific achievement.  

The Fellowship by published works is for professionals who have outstanding research expertise in science and pathology. The standard expected for Fellowship is likely to be reached only with authorship of at least 30 Peer reviewed publications. For further details please see the Fellowship by research tab below.

The Fellowship by scientific achievement is for medical and dental Fellows of the College in recognition of scientific achievement in research, innovation, development and leadership.

The Fellowship by examination pathway involves a laboratory-based training program, devised in conjunction with employers and supervisors that will allow the Trainee to develop competency to the standard defined by the Faculty training program and detailed in the curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on research, leadership and innovation embedded within the training program.

 In 2011, 299 founding Fellows were grandfathered into Fellowship via a strict peer review process.

In addition to developing a career path for scientists, the Faculty of Science aims to:

  • Formalise and extend the training provided by scientists to  RCPA pathology trainees
  • Harness the expertise of scientists in the  development of policy and expert opinion by RCPA
  • Develop a forum of  pathologists and scientists that will foster research  
  • Form linkages with other peak scientific bodies (MEPSA)


The Fellowship by examination Trainee handbooks for the following disciplines are currently available:

  • Anatomical Pathology
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetic Pathology
  • Haematology
  • Immunopathology
  • Microbiology

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page which includes a contact for further enquiries.

Fellowship by Examination

Fellowship by Examination

Fellowship: Other Pathways

Fellowship: Other Pathways

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and a contact for further enquiries.


By-laws and committee members.