Molecular Medicine: Biological and Biomedical Sciences
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 and 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.
Molecular Medicine: The 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.
Molecular Medicine @ 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 while 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, TCD 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 TCD 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 TCD 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 Lily 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. The course content has relevance to both academia and the healthcare/pharmaceutical sector therefore former graduates have gone on to study medicine, engage in postgraduate research (PhD; 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.
Graduate skills and career opportunities
Many of our graduates take up a career in industrial, medical or academic research. Some work in hospitals and commercial laboratories dealing with biotechnology, food science, pharmaceuticals or diagnostics. In addition, because they benefit from their training in terms of critical thinking, analytical reasoning and presentation and communication skills, our graduates are in high demand in careers not directly related to biochemistry such as communications, information systems, teaching and management, accountancy.
Your degree and what you’ll study
YEAR 1 and 2
Students who wish to study Molecular medicine as their final degree (years 3 and 4) apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (TR060) and take a range of required modules in biology, chemistry, mathematics as well as optional modules in other disciplines.
YEAR 3 and 4
The courses offered are under constant revision and evolution. Courses are grouped into modules of 5 or 10 ECTS that enable a subject to be dealt with comprehensively and to be set in a wider context. The current 3rd year modules cover topics including Proteins and Drugs; Cell Biology; Disease and Development – Cancer, Inflammation and Metabolic disease; Nucleic Acids – Gene expression, Molecular Genetic Mechanisms, Bioanalysis and Research Skills. The 4th year modules cover 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. As far as possible, practical classes will be related to the concurrent modules. Students are also required to take the broad curriculum module which can, for example, be a language module. Students are assessed throughout the year using various formats including multiple choice exams, assigned essays and quantitative problems. The 3rd year mark (including the mark for Broad Curriculum) will contribute 20% to your final degree mark.
Study abroad and internships opportunities
The School of Biochemistry and Immunology awards up to two internships at the end of 3rd Year. The awards will take the form of salaries for six weeks to work in one of the research laboratories in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology. Our students can also avail of internships in various laboratories in the US (e.g. University of Massachusetts, Boston) and Europe. Pharmaceutical companies have also sponsored a number of summer internships for our JS students.
Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: https://www.tcd.ie/ Biochemistry/
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What our graduates say
Roisin Loftus, PhD Student, School of Biochemistry and Immunology, TCD.
“My love for Biology in school spurred me to pursue a science-based degree. I entered the Natural Sciences programme in Trinity College Dublin in 2009, unsure of where my real passion lay. After two years of general science, covering basic biology, chemistry and math, 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 & Disease, with a strong clinical focus. A significant portion of our lectures were held in St James hospital, delivered by medical doctors, which I found honed in the clinical relevance of what we were learning. I am now two years into a four-year Biochemistry based PhD in Trinity College Dublin, and am thoroughly enjoying delving deeper into my area of research looking at specific immune cell activation and function.”
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