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Zoology

A degree in Zoology can lead to a wealth of opportunities. Our graduates are game-changers, they have: worked all over the world, won the Nobel prize, gone on to further study in zoology, ecology, medicine, veterinary science and pharmacy, saved threatened species, made nature films, and formed environmental and biodiversity policy.

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Is this course for me?

The Zoology degree provides specific knowledge about animal biology and the associated academic disciplines including physiology, ecology, conservation, embryonic development, evolution, parasitology, entomology and wildlife biology in both marine and terrestrial environments.

The courses and activities undertaken through 3rd and 4th years provide opportunities for students to learn and practice high level skills in evaluation of evidence, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and written and oral communication. This broad and transferable skill set provides a solid scientific framework from which to think creatively and explore the natural world and its interactions with human society.

Lauren Redmond
SS student 2015-16

A keen interest in the natural world, conservation and evolution led me to pursue a degree in Zoology. The course has not disappointed. Field trips to Northern Ireland, Glendalough and Kenya have been the highlight of this degree for me. Not only do they provide a stimulating and exciting way in which to learn, you get to know your classmates and lecturers on a personal level and feel welcomed into the department. Combined with lectures from committed staff, who are leading experts in their fields worldwide, I have gained a thorough knowledge which I can take with me into future careers.

Course Structure

Year 1 & 2: Junior and Senior Freshman

In the first two (Fresh) years the student takes a range of Biology and Science courses. Entry to Zoology is via the TR060 Biological and Biomedical Sciences degree.

Year 3 & 4: Junior and Senior Sophister

In the Junior Sophister (JS, 3rd) year, the students have a mixture of mandatory and optional specialisations which build on the Biology foundations in the Freshman years, with further focus in the Senior Sophister (SS, 4th) year through a choice of small-group Tutorials and the Project and Thesis. These choices allow the student to select their desired balance of courses for a general zoology degree. Throughout both Sophister years there is a strong emphasis on 'hands-on' aspects, with a high laboratory component and a choice of local and international field trips.

Further information on course structure can be found for third and fourth year here JS handbook and SS handbook.

How to apply

The B.A. (Mod.) in Zoology is a four year degree, with entry through the Science (TR060) degree. Places in TR060 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 student2student.tcd.ie for more information or e-mail student2student@tcd.ie.