Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Menu Search



Undergraduate

Immunology

B.A.

****Essential Maintenance****

Please note that due to SITS planned essential maintenance [SITS System Upgrade], the my.tcd.ie course application system will not be available from Monday 12th December - Thursday 15th December 2016 inclusive.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Apply Course Options

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.

Immunology: The course for you?

If you want to understand how the immune system works, how its failures lead to disease and how we can use our knowledge to design new therapies for infection, cancer and a range of other diseases, this is the course for you. 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. 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.

Immunology @ Trinity

Trinity is currently the only university that offers an undergraduate degree in Immunology in Ireland. 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.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

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.

Your degree and what you’ll 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.

FIRST AND SECOND (FRESHMAN) YEARS:

The first two years are part of the common entry through science TR071. Students intending to take Immunology as their final degree take a range of required modules in biology, chemistry, mathematics as well as optional modules in other disciplines.

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.

A range of assessment types including continual assessment, annual exam papers and thesis will all be used over the duration of the degree. Currently, 20% of the marks towards your final degree grade come from the Junior Sophister year.

Study abroad

Students can undertake to spend third year abroad. We have links with universities in Glasgow and Marseille. Some students have also studied in the US for their third year and returned here for their final year.

GET IN TOUCH!

School of Biochemistry and Immunology

www.tcd.ie/Biochemistry/index.php

For general enquiries contact: ioreilly@tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 162

Please come to the Trinity College Open day which is generally held in December and meet with us there – it is advertised in the national press and media.


What our graduates say

Darren Ruane

“I graduated with a degree in Biochemistry with Immunology in 2010. My time at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute fostered my love for Immunology and as a result I chose to complete a PhD within the department. My research focused on the capacity of dendritic cells, a type of white blood cell, to mediate communication between distinct mucosal compartments. While pursuing my PhD I had the opportunity to conduct my research projects at the Rockefeller University in New York within the lab of 2011 Nobel prize winning scientist Ralph Steinman. After completing my PhD, I conducted postdoctoral research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York. Since March 2015 I have been a member of the Discovery Immunology group at Genentech in San Francisco investigating the molecular mechanism of lung fibrosis and exploring new therapeutic targets.”

Course Options

Award

B.A.

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR071

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).


Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here


Apply

To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Science, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/02/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Science, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/06/2017
  • CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR071

    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).