- Course Type: Undergraduate
- CAO Course Code: TR071
- Min Entry Points for 2014: 515* points
- Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
- Award: B.A.
- Course Options:
Students who wish to study Immunology apply to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Immunology as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years.
Junior Freshman (first year) prerequisites: Chemistry CH1101 and Chemistry CH1102. Also, Mathematics or Mathematical methods. Recommended: Biology 1101
Senior Freshman (second year) prerequisite: Biology BY2201, BY2203, BY2205 and BY2208.
For details of the first two years of the Science course, including entry requirements, see TR071: Science (common entry).
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- Science, 4 Year(s) Full Time, Closing Date: 01/FEB/2016
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- Science, 4 Year(s) Full Time, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2016
- Science, 4 Year(s) Full Time, Closing Date: 01/JUN/2016
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What is Immunology?
Immunology is the study of the immune system. The immune system has evolved to protect our bodies against infection and cancer and involves the co-ordinated activities of specialised cells, molecules and genes to orchestrate an immune response. Immunology is one of the most rapidly growing research areas in biology and has been shown to have a fundamental role in almost all disease states. Understanding how the immune system works has led to the development of new therapeutics, e.g. antibodies, for the specific treatment of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, we can now harness the immune system such that it can help to fight against infection and cancer. Many pharmaceutical companies have substantial immunology programmes.
Why study Immunology at Trinity?
Trinity is not only the leading centre for immunology in Ireland but it is recognised around the world for its high level of research excellence. Trinity is currently the only university that offers an undergraduate degree in Immunology in Ireland. Graduating with an Immunology degree puts students in an excellent and competitive position for their future career. Immunology is a dynamic and rapidly expanding subject and this degree provides excellent training from world class researchers and lecturers to enable students to successfully pursue a career in immunology. Third and fourth year students will be based in the new state of the art Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) on Pearse Street. Our students have the opportunity to study abroad for third year and there are also some internship opportunities, in Ireland and abroad.
What will you study?
Students will learn about all aspects of immunology: from the cells and molecules of the immune system and how they carry out their jobs in particular diseases, through to what happens when the immune system goes wrong and actually starts to attack our own bodies, as seen in autoimmune diseases. In order to fully understand the immune system, students will also cover important aspects of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology. One exciting aspect of this degree is that undergraduates experience real research as they undertake a final year project in a research laboratory in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology.
THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR
Modules cover Immunology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics with a strong emphasis on practical skills. There is also a mini-review and a data handling project.
FOURTH (SENIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR
Modules cover advanced topics in immunology and a final year project that takes place in a research laboratory in TBSI.
Students can undertake to spend third year abroad. We have links with universities in Glasgow and Marseille.
Graduates follow a range of different career pathways. Many of our students are recruited into Ph.D. positions either here or abroad in order to pursue a research based career in the university, medical (hospital based research), or industrial sectors. Some of these are specifically within the area of immunology but other students diversify and use their immunology to branch into other areas. Some graduates go straight into lab based positions as immunologists and these can be in academic, hospital or industrial laboratories, e.g. Pfizer. Other students decide to use their scientific background for non-lab based careers, e.g. science communication and journalism, or science outreach. Some graduates have gone into research support positions, while others have gone on to get a business qualification or law qualification to enable them to be competitive in a business/commercial setting.
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