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Plant sciences

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
  • Min Entry Points for 2012: 500 points
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Plant sciences apply directly to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Plant sciences as their specialist area for the third and fourth years.

    Junior Freshman (first year) prerequisites: Biology 1101 and 1102.

    Senior Freshman (second year) prerequisites: 4 of the following: Biology BY2201, BY2202, BY2203, BY2204, BY2205, BY2206, BY2207, BY2208, BY2209, BY2010.

    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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3rd and 4th year undergraduate students on a recent field trip to Thailand photographed in the foothills of Phu Kradung.

What is Plant sciences?

Plant sciences is the scientific study of plants. These studies are pursued in the field, in the botanic garden and in laboratories. Plants range from the largest forest trees to single-celled algae of fresh and marine waters.

The study of plants is of vital importance; they are the source of the food we eat, the oxygen we breathe, most of the medicines we use, and are core to the understanding of the processes of global climate change. Dealing with the threats from global climate change will be one of the biggest challenges of this century. Human manipulation of plants in the future will need to provide food and energy for an expanding human population whilst conserving the biodiversity of living organisms and integrity of habitats.

What will you study?

Trinity College specialises in the study of the evolution and conservation of all forms of plant life and their response to global climate change impacts.

Courses include:

  • Plant biodiversity and conservation
  • Ecology
  • Plant physiology and global climate change
  • Long-term environmental change
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Pollination biology

The laboratories and greenhouses on Trinity College's campus, the College Botanic Garden and the internationally recognised Herbarium support teaching. All courses are derived from active research lines and emphasis is placed on your own research project in the Senior Sophister (fourth) year.

All students are given the opportunity to participate in field courses which take place in Ireland and the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria).

Career opportunities

When you graduate you can move directly into a career related to plant biology, such as nature conservation, environmental consultancy, environmental protection or agricultural research as well as teaching at second-level. Alternatively, you might decide to go on to take a higher degree in Trinity College or elsewhere. The skills you acquire in the Sophister (third and fourth) years are also widely applicable in business and industry.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1274