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We aim to make discoveries, educate and engage society in the science of whole organism biology, ecology & conservation, with a particular focus on animals. Through our research, education and engagement with society we seek to advance scientific understanding and contribute solutions to global challenges to the environment, health and human wellbeing.

Staff in Zoology teach into three degree programmes: Zoology, Functional Biology and Environmental Sciences. Students enter these degree programmes through application to TR071 in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.


How to apply

The B.A. (Mod.) in Zoology, Functional Biology and Environmental Sciences in TCD is a four year degree, with entry through the Science (TR071) degree (see also the Science Faculty website). Places in TR071 are allocated by the CAO on the basis of Leaving Certificate points and there is an equivalent conversion for A-levels and other qualifications - contact the Admissions Office for an up-to-date scale.

Career opportunities

Our graduates develop an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers. We are proud of the achievements of our graduates who have succeeded across a wide range of industries including: academic research, education, veterinary, medical, journalism, technology, banking, exploration, tourism, environmental consultancy, career development, conservation, natural resource management, public service, aquaculture and film-making. Throughout our students time here we provide inspiration, guidance, feedback and practice to enable students to embark on fulfilling and life-long learning in zoology and the natural sciences, regardless of their destination after graduation.

Peer Mentoring (Student 2 Student)

From the moment you arrive in College right the way through to your end of year exams Student 2 Student (S2S) is here to make sure your first year is fun, engaging and a great foundation for the rest of your time in Trinity. You’ll meet your two S2S mentors in Freshers’ Week and they’ll make sure you know other people in your course before your classes even start.  They’ll keep in regular touch with you throughout your first year and invite you to events on and off campus.  They’ll also give you useful information about your course and what to look out for.  Mentors are students who have been through first year and know exactly what it feels like, so you never have to worry about asking them a question or talking to them about anything that’s worrying you.
S2S also offers trained Peer Supporters if you want to talk confidentially to another student or just to meet a friendly face for a coffee and a chat.

S2S is supported by the Senior Tutor's Office and the Student Counselling Service. See for more information or e-mail


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