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  • 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 Neuroscience apply to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Neuroscience as their specialist area after the second year.

    Junior Freshman (first) year prerequisites: Chemistry CH1101, Chemistry CH1102. Also: Mathematics or Mathematical methods. Recommended: Biology 1101.

    Senior Freshman (second year) prerequisites: Biology BY2201, BY2202, BY2203 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 Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the discipline concerned with the scientific study of the nervous system in health and disease. It probes the intricate processes of the nervous system in an attempt to understand how we think, move, perceive, learn and remember. Research in the neurosciences is of considerable importance in medicine, considering the debilitating and costly effects of neurological and psychiatric disease. In this regard, a major goal of modern neuroscience research is to elucidate the underlying causes, and to produce more effective treatments for major brain diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Schizophrenia and Depression.

Is this the right course for you?

Neuroscience is an ideal topic for students who have an interest in how the brain works in health and disease. Additionally, the topic is suited for students who like approaches involving concepts and techniques from a variety of disciplines.

Why study Neuroscience at Trinity?

Trinity has a strong research focus in Neuroscience centred around the Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN) with 45 research groups and 250 researchers investigating a variety of topics related to Neuroscience. There is an active and lively research community, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and principal investigators. The interdisciplinary character of TCIN allows for fruitful interactions between scientists with various backgrounds. The neuroscience community regularly meets at seminars, coffee mornings and social events to discuss the latest news in the field and beyond. Trinity neuroscientists are well respected by the neuroscience community worldwide and are regularly present at international meetings and in publications.

What will you study?

Neuroscience links neurobiology with cognitive science and, as a result, modules are provided by six different Schools (Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology, Natural Sciences, Genetics, Biochemistry). The course involves in-depth instruction in the fundamentals of modern molecular and cellular biology, as well as on the structure and operation of the nervous system.

Other modules focus on the development of the nervous system, its response to injury and disease, the relationship of the brain to behaviour, imaging the brain, and the drug treatment of brain disorders. You will also be trained in scientific methodology and experimental design, data handling and research skills.


  • Basic Laboratory Skills for Neurobiology, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology I, Neurochemistry I, Neurogenetics and Drosophila Genetics, Developmental Biology, Cellular Physiology, Biochemistry in Health and Disease, General Principles of Pharmacology, Nucleic Acids, Research Skills, Broad Curriculum (see


  • Neurophysiology II, Neurochemistry II, Neuroimmunology, Neuroinflammation and Experimental Neuropathology, Neuropharmacology, Neuropsychology, Neurogenetics, Scientific Literature Skills

If you would like more detailed information on all the modules offered, please visit:

Study abroad

Some students have the opportunity to travel abroad (mainly to the UK and US) for internships during the summer.


Graduates in Neuroscience can expect to find employment in a wide range of areas, utilising their general scientific training as well as their specialist skills. In the past Neuroscience graduates have pursued careers in academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical research organizations. A few graduates study for a higher degree in neuroscience, biological or psychological research, medicine or allied health related disciplines. For those not seeking a research career, the course provides transferable experience and expertise that is suitable for a wide variety of careers, e.g. in education, business, management and industry.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 8484

Student profile

Lisa Ardill

I chose Neuroscience because I wanted to learn the specific molecular and anatomical reasoning behind the actions, behaviours and interactions that we encounter in each other every day. Neuroscience seemed like a great choice, because it has many different aspects and studies the nervous system from a genetic, immunological, anatomical, pharmacological and neurophysiological standpoint. Another reason I wanted to study Neuroscience was the opportunity to learn about various neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as potential methods of lessening or curing such diseases, and the chance to begin a career in such research areas following my degree.