Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology



Completion of BST in Histopathology is the first step towards becoming a Histopathologist in Ireland.

It is an essential entry requirement for Higher Specialist Training in Histopathology.


Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Histopathology is a two-year programme completed in Senior House Officer (SHO) posts.

You will be placed on a two-year rotation so you will know in advance what posts you will be working in.

Your rotation will incorporate 24 months in pure Histopathology.

Information about what to include in your application can be found on our About Basic Specialist Training page.


Four Hubs to Choose From

There are four training hubs in BST in Histopathology, which you will rank in order of preference during the application process.

  • Munster (Waterford Regional Hospital and Cork University Hospital)
  • Galway (Galway University Hospital)
  • North Dublin (Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital)
  • South Dublin (St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Rotunda Hospital and St. James’ Hospital)

What you need to do in addition to hospital-based training

In addition to supervised training in the hospital, you are required to attend a number of mandatory courses, listed below, that will help you to develop professionally and acquire the non-clinical skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care.

In your second year of BST, you will be required to attend an aptitude assessment. The purpose of this second assessment is to make sure you have an aptitude for Histopathology before you have committed too much time to training.

You are not required to pass any exams during BST in Histopathology.

Course and masterclasses.
facts about BST in histopathology
Duration Two years
Job title/grade of doctor Senior House Officer (SHO)
Sample rotation breakdown Trainees spend 24 months in Histopathology
Average intake each year 7 - 12
Exams to pass None
Mandatory educational courses to be completed as part of BST • BST Leadership in Clinical Practice
• Ethics
• Infection control
• Introduction to laboratory management
Training body Faculty of Pathology

The Curriculum for BST in Histopathology

Find out more about Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology:

Curriculum for BST in Histopathology

Detailed training pathway for BST in Histopathology

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Entry requirements for BST

  • You must have completed your internship by July of the intake year (Our training programmes all commence on the second Monday of July each year)
  • You must be eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council’s register at the time you apply
  • You must have proof of competency in the English language in line with HSE Specifications.
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Exit Criteria

To qualify for a Certificate of Completion of Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology, you will need to

  • ensure all of the Minimum Requirements listed in your curriculum have been met
  • get Form 092 - End of Post Assessment Form signed by each of your trainers in your ePortfolio
  • upload copies of your mandatory course certificates to the Personal Library section of your ePortfolio.

Contact us

Lauren Kerchner, BST

Coordinator, Histopathology Basic Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9640

Contact Lauren for information about Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology.