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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q: Who can I contact regarding admission to science?
A: Please contact Trinity’s Academic Registry regarding entry criteria and application queries at the following link or email or

Q: Who do I contact regarding Mature Entry into Science at Trinity?
A: Information on Mature and Advanced Entry criteria is available at https;// More information is also available on the Mature Student Office Website at

Q: What type of Science Degree can I get from Trinity?
A: Science is a four-year honour degree course which offers students the choice of four streams with 19 moderatorships or specialisations on offer. The first two years are tailored to provide fundamental skills that are appropriate to your chosen stream, before specialising in one of the moderatorships listed below. Each stream requires students to take Freshman subjects relevant to your moderatorship e.g. students wishing to study Physics and Astrophysics in third year must take physics 20 credits and maths 20 credits for their first two years of science.

streams chart

Each stream will give students a qualification in their chosen moderatorship e.g. If a student specialises in Neuroscience then the degree awarded will be B.A. Mod. Neuroscience..


Q: What kind of study programme does the course involve?
You must take 60 credits every year for the four years of the programme. Each subject is divided into lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical classes that you must attend. You will attend about 12 hours of lectures and 12 hours of laboratory work per week for 24 weeks. Students are advised to spend the same amount of time on reading, write-ups for practical classes and to study alone.

Q: Can I take a subject that I haven’t done in School?
A: Yes, in fact you may have to. The geography and geology modules start from scratch, and our freshman biology do not require applicants to have previous knowledge, although it helps. Chemistry provide additional support for students who have not studied chemistry before. If you are applying to physics, students are advised to have studied both physics and maths before. Physics provide dedicated small group tutorials for Junior Freshman students. If you have not studied physics before, physics for life and geoscience is also offered (10 credits).

Q: What if things don’t work out? If I have a problem, who can I talk to?
A: Every student in Trinity is allocated a tutor where you can go to discuss any issues of concern. Tutors are members of the academic teaching staff who take on the additional role of helping students through difficulties. Alternatively, you can call into the Science Course office where we will be available to answer any questions regarding the course.

Q: If I don’t like the Science programme, can I change to another degree course?
A: Transferring to another course is sometimes possible but it is not guaranteed. Applicants should do everything they can to ensure that they are informed of the course structure and career possibilities before they apply. Read all available information, talk to teachers and, if possible, to former students who have recently completed the course. For information on transfers, please see the following link;

Q: If I fail my exams at the end of the first year, what happens?
A: If you fail an examination, you may repeat the exam in September. If you fail a second time, you will only be allowed to repeat the year if your average mark is over 35%.

Q: If I repeat the first year in Science, or another subject, do I have to pay fees?
A: Yes. E.U. citizens who have their fees paid by the state must pay their own fees in a repeat year unless that repeat year has been forced by illness. The state will pay fees again once you start second year.

Q: What kind of job prospects come with a degree in Science?
A: A science degree is a passport to many jobs. Our streams will provide you with the relevant skill set for your chosen field as well as a range of transferable skills to ensure that you are competitive for future employment. This degree will prepare you for work in the state sector, industry, teaching, information technology, consultancy, science communication and marketing. Our graduates also go directly into graduate research, both in Ireland and abroad. See the diverse range of Trinity’s scientific research at

Q: Should I join student societies?
A: Absolutely! All students are encouraged to join clubs and societies to fully experience life at Trinity. It is also a way to meet students from other cultural backgrounds and to develop soft skills that look great on your c.v. Fresher’s week is a fantastic way to find out about the wealth of clubs and societies that Trinity has to offer. If you already have a favourite hobby or sport, make sure prioritise signing up for it. You can find out more information at