Train for your future

Housed within Dalhousie Medical School, the Department of Pathology offers a variety of excellent educational opportunities, including five specialized residency programs, a master’s program and a PhD program.  

Whether you plan to specialize in a particular stream of pathology or you prefer to train as a generalist, each of these programs offers a carefully planned curriculum designed to help you reach your career goals.

Residency programs

If you have a medical degree, you can do your residency in pathology and specialize in one of five different areas:

Each of these residency programs is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dermatopathology Fellowship:

This is a one year opportunity for a graduated resident who completed training in Anatomical Pathology or General Pathology to further train in the subspecialty of Dermatopathology with some exposure to clinical Dermatology.

Learn more about our Dermatopathology fellowship

Graduate programs

MSc program

If you have a BSc, you can train for a career in medical research and plan to obtain a PhD. Take courses in pathology and other biomedical sciences and conduct a research project that will provide a basis for your thesis. Find out more about our MSc program.

PhD program

If you have an MSc degree in pathology or another life sciences field, consider applying for our PhD program. Our comprehensive examination and your thesis will ensure you are well-prepared for a career in research. Find out more about our PhD program.

Seminar series

Check out this year's graduate studies seminar series to see what our students are working on.


Stipends and Tuition

Minimum stipends (listed below) take into consideration the tuition amount that is paid at each stage of degree and if the program is M.Sc. or Ph.D. Full fees are paid by first year MSc students only. International fees are only paid by international students at the MSc level. 


Dept. Pathology minimums (effective Sept 2021) 



Degree level (international/Canadian) 

Tuition fees/year 

International fees (yes/no) 



MSc full fees (international student) 

~ $18,000 



MSc full fees (Canadian) 

~ $11,400 



MSc continuing fees (international student) 

~ $11,400 



MSc continuing fees (Canadian) 

~ $4,800 



Doctoral (international) 

~ $7,950 



Doctoral (Canadian)

~ $7,950 



Find more information in the Student Handbook.