Zoology is now a constituent part of the School of Natural Sciences, along with the Departments of Botany, Geography, and Geology, and continues to be one of the most popular undergraduate degree choices in Science. TCD Zoology graduates can be found literally all over the world, including a permanent presence in Antarctica (Manahan Peak, named after a 1976 graduate).
The Zoology Department comprises 9 full-time academics, excluding the Chair in Zoology (currently vacant) and 5 support staff, who, along with adjunct staff cover a wide range of zoological interests.
Courses and teaching
The Zoology Department runs the undergraduate Moderatorship (B.A. Mod.) in Zoology with substantial contributions also to the senior years in Environmental Science and Neuroscience. Admission to these degrees is through common Science (TR071) entry.
The Department also plays a leading role in the taught Masters degrees in Environmental Science and in Biodiversity and Conservation.
Student wishing to purse postgraduate degrees by research alone should consult Graduate Studies for admission requirements and general conditions and contact the appropriate researcher (above) for specific inquiries on suitable field of study. Current studentships in the Department and advertised on the Department Noticeboard.
To view the Junior Sophister course handbook please CLICK HERE
The major research groupings in the Department are:
- Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
- Conservation and Wildlife Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Freshwater Ecology
- Marine Biology and Fisheries
- Ocular Development and Neurobiology
- Complex Ecological and Evolutionary Systems
Zoology is also a major contributor to research in the Centre for the Environment.
Since 2000, the Department has attracted over €2 million in research funding from national (SFI, HRB, EPA etc) and international (mainly EU) sources. The Zoology Department currently accommodates a total of 34 post-graduates, funded through a variety of research income, Embark scholarships and College grants.
The Department also has well-developed research links nationally and internationally, and academic staff in Zoology currently collaborate with researchers in universities and research institutions in Australia, Africa, Europe, Russia and the US in addition to those in Ireland.