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Molecular medicine

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
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  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 505* points
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Molecular medicine apply to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Molecular medicine 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) prerequisites: 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).

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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What is Molecular medicine?

Molecular medicine is a joint degree programme offered by the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and the School of Medicine and has been inspired by the changing needs of medical research. It is a unique collaboration between the two schools, aimed at creating a science programme with a strong emphasis on translational research, i.e. a theory to therapy approach to learning whereby medical research advances can be directly translated into patient care.

Molecular medicine at Trinity is the only such degree programme available in Ireland. Students will be given lectures at the cutting-edge of current scientific knowledge within the overarching research themes of cancer, immunology, neuroscience, genetics and microbiology, in addition to clinical lectures given at St. James's Hospital, which will focus on the application of research knowledge to the clinic.

What will you study?

In the Junior Sophister (third) year, the molecular medicine course will provide a broad knowledge and understanding of various fundamental science disciplines, biochemistry, immunology, genetics and microbiology and some topics central to the molecular medicine course as listed below.

Molecular medicine topics include:

  • Clinical aspects of cancer and infection
  • Stem cells and gene therapy
  • Drug development

Science topics include:

  • Neuroscience and endocrinology
  • Membrane function
  • Cellular regulation
  • Immunology
  • Protein chemistry
  • Eukaryotic gene structure

A research project in the area of biochemistry, immunology, neuroscience or clinical medicine forms an essential part of the Senior Sophister (fourth) year. Students will have a choice to perform their project in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, on the main College campus or in the Department of Clinical Medicine, St. James's Hospital. Examples of research areas from which topics may be chosen include the cell cycle and cell division, cytoskeleton, developmental biology, cancer, neurobiology, neurological disease, molecular and cellular parasitology, viral evasion mechanisms, cell signalling, metabolism, the immune system, genetic diseases, and control of cell death. The School also participates in an Erasmus scheme which offers the opportunity for students to spend their third year studying in a university in the United Kingdom, France or Germany.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course will have the ability to work in all major aspects of molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology. You may decide to continue your studies at the postgraduate level and subsequently take up a career in medical or academic research. For example, it is possible to continue your studies towards a Masters or PhD in several disciplines in life sciences including the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and the Institute of Molecular Medicine. Alternatively, you will be qualified to work in hospitals and commercial laboratories dealing with biotechnology, food science, pharmaceuticals or diagnostics. Other possibilities include such careers as teaching, information systems, communications and management, law, and banking, where there is a demand for the analytical skills developed in the science and medical disciplines.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1608