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Plant sciences

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 505* 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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What is Plant sciences?

Plant sciences, the scientific study of plants is of vital importance. Plants range from the largest forest trees to single-celled algae and 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?

Plant scientists in Trinity specialise in the study of the evolution and conservation of plants and their response to global climate change impacts in the field, laboratory and Botanic garden. Our facilities are among the best in Ireland and include items found nowhere else in the State and only rarely internationally.

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's campus, the College Botanic Garden and the internationally recognised Herbarium support teaching. Our research groups are exceptionally active and internationally competitive and successful. 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

A wide range of career opportunities are open to Plant science graduates. Some of our recent graduates have moved directly into a career related to plant biology, such as nature conservation, environmental consultancy, environmental protection or agricultural research. Others have worked for international foundations such as the Carbon Trust or Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. Alternatively, others have gone on to take a higher degree in Trinity or elsewhere or enter teaching at second-level. The skills you acquire in the Sophister (third and fourth) years are also widely applicable in business and industry and are in short supply. A recent survey in the UK has shown that Plant science graduates have the highest starting salaries of any graduate after those in medicine and dentistry.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1274