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Functional Biology

The new BA (Mod) in Functional Biology is an exciting new undergraduate BA taught jointly by the disciplines of Zoology and Botany with some courses provided by the School of Genetics and Microbiology.


The course provides an innovative way to explore the structure and function of a diverse range of organisms, both animal and plant, free-living and parasitic and emphasises how mechanisms for survival are conserved across species. Furthermore, the course also provides a focus on the effects of gene mutations and/or deletions on protein function and environmental effects on gene expression. Students are also introduced to other important skills such as the ability to explore and analyse biological data and to write scientifically.


The Junior Sophister (Third) year provides a broad knowledge and understanding of Functional Biology, while in the final year a major component of the course is a research project chosen from the Zoology or Botany Disciplines. Final year teaching also occurs through small group tutorials in areas of specialization in plant or animal Functional Biology as well as through lectures.


Functional Biology acts as the perfect springboard for undergraduate students to go on to post-graduate bioscience degrees; e.g. Masters and PhDs in biological/physiological disciplines. Graduates of Functional Biology are also ideally placed to contribute to the knowledge economy/society through careers with biotechnology companies and/or industry, having gained unique and valuable experience and training. The course also provides an excellent background for students who want to pursue a career in teaching biology.

Please contact the Functional Biology Course Director, Dr Trevor Hodkinson by email, Trevor.Hodkinson@tcd.ie ,for further details about the course and see http://www.naturalscience.tcd.ie/undergraduate/functional-biology.php and here for JS and SS handbooks.


Last updated 6 February 2017 by SHASSETT@tcd.ie.