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Molecular medicine

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
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  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 515* 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 new area of study that explores the revolutionary advances in disease diagnosis, therapy and prevention brought about by bio-molecular research. It aims to demonstrate how basic science is translated from ‘theory to treatment.’ Key areas of focus include cancer, neuroscience, genetics, microbiology and immunology. It provides students with a distinct perspective on modern-day science and an appreciation for the importance of basic and clinical research in future drug discoveries.

Is this the right course for you?

Molecular Medicine is a unique collaboration between the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) and the Dept. of Clinical Medicine, St. James’s Hospital. This is the right course for you if you have an interest in topics such as immunodeficiency, autoimmunity and inflammation, neuroscience, endocrinology, microbial diseases, molecular haematology and oncology, diagnostics and therapeutics, the cell cycle, and cancer.

Why study Molecular Medicine at Trinity?

TBSI is equipped with state of the art technologies and provides a rich research environment for interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues in medicine, pharmacy, chemistry and neuroscience. The Dept. of Clinical Medicine operates from St James’s Hospital and is affiliated with the teaching hospitals of Naas General Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospice. In the area of biotechnology and biomedical research, Trinity has prioritised the areas of immunology and infection, cancer, neuroscience and genetics – all of which are key components of the Molecular Medicine degree. Immunology at Trinity is externally recognised as an area of major research strength and was recently ranked in the top three nations worldwide (Thomas Reuters, Essential Science Indicators database). In addition, the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity provides an excellent environment for young investigators to participate in innovative and high impact research. The Schools’ research success is evident in their strong publication record which includes output in high quality journals including Nature.

In addition to highly engaging course material, students will gain experimental skills in a range of cutting edge techniques and technologies through practicals, internships in companies such as Ely Lilly and 12-week laboratory placements in the final year of the degree. The courses are designed to equip graduates to work in all major aspects of biochemistry, immunology, and cell biology, and to respond to the rapid pace of development in these fields.

What will you study?


Proteins and Drugs; Cell Biology; Disease and Development – Cancer, Inflammation and Metabolic Disease; Nucleic Acids – Gene Expression, Molecular Genetic Mechanisms, Bioanalysis and Research Skills.


Neurobiology and Endocrinology; Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Disease; Molecular Haematology and Oncology; Microbial Diseases; Autoimmune and Inflammatory Conditions; Genomics, Metabolism and Disease; Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics; Cell Cycle and Cancer; Research Project in Molecular Medicine.

If you would like to find out more detailed information on all the modules offered, see:

Study abroad

Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at:


The course content has relevance to both academia and the healthcare/pharmaceutical sector. Former graduates have gone on to study medicine, engage in postgraduate research (Ph.D.; M.Sc.), and pursue careers in industrial and government organisations. Opportunities also exist in hospital and commercial labs as well as in clinical biochemistry, biotechnology, food science, teaching, information systems, communications, and management.

Further information


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Student Profile

Roisin Loftus

My love for biology in school spurred me to pursue a science-based degree. I entered the Science programme in Trinity in 2009, unsure of where my real passion lay. After two years of general science, covering basic biology, chemistry and maths, I decided Molecular Medicine was the course for me. Molecular Medicine is a relatively new degree in Trinity, which covers many aspects of Immunology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience, Microbiology and Human Health and Disease, with a strong clinical focus. A significant portion of our lectures were held in St. James’s hospital, delivered by medical doctors. This underpinned the clinical relevance of what we were learning. I am now two years into a four-year biochemistry based PhD in Trinity, and am thoroughly enjoying delving deeper into my area of research, looking at specific immune cell activation and function.