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Human health and disease

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What is Human health and disease?

The Human health and disease degree trains students for work in the field of biomedical research. It brings to life the fascinating connections between structure and function in the human body and explores the health and disease continuum in depth, including teaching on how medical therapies act to treat or even prevent disease. As an example, understanding brain structure and biochemistry allows us to appreciate how neurones communicate and this in turn is helping biomedical researchers and clinicians to identify new and effective ways to treat and prevent diseases such as dementia.

A central feature of the learning experience is the development of a core set of real-life, transferable skills in the following areas: laboratory technique, group project work, data analysis, public presentation, report writing, research methodology and critical thinking.

Is this the right course for you?

The programme will suit you if you want to obtain a degree that provides comprehensive instruction in all aspects of basic human biology and applied biomedical science.

Course overview

The degree is structured around three main interconnecting themes namely; 1) Basic human biology 2) Applied biomedical science and 3) Transferable skills and Trinity graduate attributes.

The Freshman (first two) years

You will study the structure and function of the human body from a ‘molecule to man’ perspective through lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes in cell biology, biochemistry, physiology and anatomy (including dissection). Modules based on critical thinking, problem-based learning, presentation skills and research and statistics will further contribute to the development of a core skill set, as outlined above.

The Sophister (third and fourth) years

In the third and fourth years, a combination of modules which cover the nature, classification, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease are taken. Disease is considered from the basic molecular level through to its context in society in terms of research and public health priorities and correlates. Delivery of clinically focused material by specialist clinicians is included.

As a fourth-year student, you will undertake advanced modules on the molecular basis of disease and cutting-edge advances in biomedical science. A major component of the fourth year will be a comprehensive laboratory-based project in biomedical research supervised by leading researchers in Trinity and its affiliated teaching hospitals in Dublin. Students may apply for selection via a competitive process to undertake this project at an ERASMUS partner institute. Project topics are varied and include, to name but a few, cancer biology, neuroscience, tissue engineering, gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disease, epidemiology and public health research.


Individual and group based continuous assessment of laboratory work, group project work, scientific writing skills and portfolio generation accompanies end-of-year examinations.

Did you know?

  • The School of Medicine in Trinity is a member of EuroLife, a consortium of leading European medical schools that aims to enhance research and training in the medical sciences that underpin developments in human healthcare.

Study abroad

The Human health and disease degree programme is linked with the Biomedicine Bachelor's programmes at the prestigious Karolinska Insititutet in Stockholm Sweden and The University of Gottingen in Germany.

Through a formal ERASMUS exchange agreement, students can, on a competitive basis, avail of the opportunity to complete their final year project in Stockholm or Gottingen in a leading international laboratory.

Career opportunities

The course emphasises the crucial links between the basic and applied biomedical sciences and addresses how advances in both are translated into improvements in patient care and the health of the wider population. Graduates are therefore ideally qualified to participate in health-related research or health promotion within academia or industry. Graduates are also ideally trained for entry to graduate medical degree programmes. A B.Sc. is also an appropriate qualification for entry into a broad range of other careers (e.g. teaching and mangement)

Further information

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 Biology
HC3 In one of physics, chemistry, physics/chemistry
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C Biology
Grade C In one of physics, chemistry
Other EU examination systemsSee