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Why Science?

Scientists are logical, analytical and creative people whose work can directly impact the world as we know it. Whether by developing new materials, fighting new diseases or making new discoveries in challenges that have puzzled the world for centuries, science graduates are armed with an exclusive range of skills that are in demand across many sectors.

Why Science at Trinity?

Trinity has a long and distinguished history in the teaching of Science and has successfully produced two Nobel Prize winners, E.T.S Walton (1951, Physics) and William C. Campbell (2015, Physiology or Medicine) in the science field.  Since the 18th century, the science curriculum has evolved from its origins in mathematics and ‘experimental science’.  As new scientific disciplines have emerged from our cutting-edge research, Trinity’s science degree programme has advanced to reflect the current knowledge and skills needed by our graduates to engage with the demands of modern research.

As the gateway to Europe, science in Ireland is exciting! Trinity is positioned at the heart of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, and is on the door step of many international employers like Intel, Eli Lilly and Google. Ireland’s Third Level Graduate Scheme also enables international students to obtain relevant experience by allowing them to work in Ireland after graduation for up to two years.

The Advantages of Studying Science in Trinity

  • Outstanding teaching by scientists and mathematicians who are at the forefront of their fields worldwide

  • Coherent, progressive programmes in four broad streams

  • Wide range of specialist moderatorship subjects

  • Broad choice of additional approved and elective modules

  • All students do a capstone research project

  • Small classes in sophister years

  • Opportunities for study abroad before and after graduation

  • Rigorous education and training in chosen field

  • Additional emphasis on transferable skills

  • Excellent career prospects in Ireland and abroad

  • Trinity is recognised internationally as one of the top research universities in Europe

Did you know?

Trinity is a member of LERU, a consortium of some of the most renowned research universities in Europe. Membership, which is by invitation, is periodically evaluated against a broad set of quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as research volume, impact and funding, strengths in PhD training, size and disciplinary breadth, and peer-recognised academic excellence.

Course Structure and Curriculum

Our four-year undergraduate degree programmes is diverse, progressive and exciting. Through our four carefully designed streams, our science degree offers students a wide choice of specialisations that provide excellent career prospects giving you a strong platform for life. Our multidisciplinary team of academic staff will expose you to current scientific research, as well as the theoretical knowledge that you need to progress in this ever-developing field.

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, worth 60 credits per year of study, that are relevant to your moderatorship e.g. students wishing to study Physics and Astrophysics in third year must take physics and maths for their first two years of science. Each stream results in a B.A Mod qualification referencing your chosen moderatorship e.g. a student specialises in neuroscience -B.A. Mod Science (Neuroscience). See diagram below.



What can I do with a Science degree?

Many Trinity Science and Mathematics graduates pursue graduate courses or research leading to an M.Sc. or Ph.D

Science Graduates pursue a wide variety of careers, for example, working in:

  • Universities and research institutes

  • Chemical and pharmaceutical industries

  • Biotechnology

  • Electronics, computer and IT industries

  • Agricultural and food industries

  • Energy, mining and water industries

  • Environmental management

  • Medicine

  • Hospital and medical services

  • Teaching

  • Science communication and journalism

  • Science administration

  • Law, business, financial services

What our students say:

Matthew Carrigan
The quality of teaching and research in Genetics at TCD is world-class. I was given the opportunity to work at a lab in a top US university in the summer after my third year, and I was amazed to find how familiar researchers there were with the work being done in their field at TCD. The whole department is deeply interconnected with leading worldwide researchers and institutions, and a number of graduates I know went on to further research both here at TCD and at leading institutions, and a number of graduates I know went on to further research both here at TCD and at leading institutions abroad.”

Caoimhe Tyndall, Neuroscience, New Jersey, USA
Science (common entry) in Trinity is the perfect course for students who are confident in their passion for science, but would benefit more from extra time and exposure before specializing.

Ross Cooke, Nanoscience Student, Illinois, USA
Nanoscience is a fantastic programme that attracts a lot of highly motivated and intelligent students. It could be intimidating your first couple days in the course but trust me, the work you have done in high school will definitely prepare you enough to not just survive the course but also to excel.

Yashaswi Nalawade, Physics, India
The atmosphere at Trinity is friendly and comfortable. Whatever stress the course brings, the working environment makes up for it. A lot of the professors are super approachable and if you have a question, they will try their best to answer it. And then there’s sitting in the Schrödinger lecture theatre and learning the theories that the great scientist formulated. Knowing that he had once stood there is a surreal feeling!

Graduate Skills and Career Opportunities

Trinity science graduates pursue a wide variety of careers in a diversity of areas:

  • Pursue further scientific training at either MSc or PhD level
  • Professional research scientists in universities and research institutes
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical Industry
  • Hospital and medical services
  • Biotechnology industry
  • Patent offices /Intellectual property
  • Electronics, Computer and I.T. industries
  • Data Analytics and software programming
  • Accountancy and financial services, stock broking, insurance and banking
  • Energy and mining
  • Environmental Management
  • Water industry
  • Agricultural and food industries
  • Education
  • Science Communication
  • Media

How to Apply

For infomation on how to apply for Science please click on the following How to Apply

Frequently asked questions about Science

At this link FAQ your will find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for undergraduate Science




Last updated 31 March 2017 Science Course (Email).