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TR071 Science (common entry)

Courses in the first two years are designed to introduce you to and train you in the fundamental sciences. By the end of the Senior Freshman (second) year you will have moved far beyond the extent of science as it is taught at school and will understand better where your real interests lie. At this point you have the opportunity to focus on one of sixteen specialist areas for your final two years.
Teaching is by lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory classes, so you will become familiar with laboratory practice and the methodology of scientific research from the first year. Smaller seminar classes and group tutorials mean that you will also be able to discuss course work with lecturers and other students in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Tutorials are given at both basic and advanced levels to explain, expand and support the material presented in lectures. Science students typically average 24 class contact hours per week.

A general description of Science is available here.

TR073 Human Genetics

Entry via CAO course code TR073. The B.A. (Mod.) in Human Genetics course differs from the B.A. (Mod.) in Genetics in the obligation to study a particular combination of courses in the four year programme, and the concentration on human genetics. Students taking the B.A. (Mod.) in Genetics course have more course choice options in the Junior and Senior Freshman (1st and 2nd) years. Students taking the B.A. (Mod.) in Human Genetics course apply specifically to the course TR073 Human Genetics on the CAO form.

A general description of Human Genetics is available here.

TR074 Chemistry with Molecular Modelling

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure and reactivity of the matter in the world, i.e., what we eat and breathe and everything that we see around us. Chemistry affects how we live and as Chemists, we study not just the composition and manufacture of materials but their design and behaviour and the reasons for them. Molecular modelling is the use of computer modelling to understand and explore chemistry. Advancements in molecular modelling have led to an explosive growth in a range of applications.
Our course focuses on combining a chemistry degree with modelling of the structure and reactivity of molecules and solids including:

  • Simulation of the structure and properties of materials, including organic molecules, semiconductors, catalysts, DNA and proteins
  • Modelling how electrons are arranged in materials and how they interact during chemical reactions
  • Computational medicinal chemistry and drug design

A general description of Chemistry with Molecular Modelling is available here.

TR075 Medicinal Chemistry

The interface between chemistry and biology is an outstandingly active and exciting area of science, which is also of great practical and economic importance. The pharmaceutical industry, which is centered at this interface, is one of the largest and fastest-growing business sectors in the modern world. Being among the most knowledge-based of industries, it requires an intensive investment in research and development, much of which is carried out by chemists who participate in the development of new drug molecules or (of particular relevance to the Irish industry) develop the processes needed for large-scale manufacture. The Moderatorship in Medicinal Chemistry affords a broadly based scientific education, applicable to a variety of later careers, but is especially tuned to providing the creative talent needed by this major employer.

A general description of Medicinal Chemistry is available here.

TR076 Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials (N-PCAM)

Nanoscience – Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials(N-PCAM) is a four-year degree programme, run jointly by the Schools of Chemistry and Physics at Trinity College Dublin. Students will gain a deep and lasting understanding of the science of advanced materials that underpins the nano revolution. Some laboratory training is provided in CRANN, the leading institute for nanoscience in Ireland (

A general description of Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials (N-PCAM) is available here.

TR077 Earth Sciences

In a world that is changing at an ever increasing rate there has never been a more important time to focus on the science of our natural environment. Earth Scientists play a central role in the race to understand how dynamic Earth systems are changing and what we might be able to do about such change. Earth Scientists also play a crucial role in our search for sustainable use and management of natural resources.
The Earth Sciences degree focuses on Planet Earth, and in particular the composition and structure of the Earth’s surface layers, atmosphere and oceans, the dynamic processes that influence and shape our world, and the formation and distribution of resources that we depend upon. Notable areas of study include climate change, geomorphic hazards (earthquakes, landslides, volcanism, flooding), pollution and the availability and exploitation of resources. The degree programme aims to produce articulate and informed graduates with a broad knowledge of Planet Earth by providing students with a firm grounding in those sciences that relate directly to the surface of the Earth and to surface-forming, atmospheric and oceanic processes. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking, a scientific approach to understanding, and training in relevant, transferable skills, including laboratory- and field-based analytical techniques.

A general description of Earth Sciences is available here.

Undergraduate TR071 Course Information

Students choose modules in the subject area from the following to a total of 60 credits (30 from each semester) as appropriate:

TR071 Science Freshman TR071 Science Sophister
Subject information (links) Moderatorship Information (links)
Biology Biochemistry
Chemistry Chemistry
Geography Environmental Sciences
Geology Functional Biology
Mathematics Genetics
Physics Geography
  Molecular Medicine
  Physics & Astrophysics
  Plant Sciences

TR071 Science Hand Books

Junior Freshman Programm 2016/17
Senior Freshman Programm 2016/17
Sophister Programme 2016/17


Last updated 3 March 2015 Science Course (Email).