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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 Zoology apply to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Zoology as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years.

    Junior Freshman (first) year prerequisites: Biology 1101 and 1102, Mathematics or Mathematical methods.

    Senior Freshman (second year) prerequisites: Biology BY2201, BY2202, BY2203, BY2208.

    For details of the first two years of the Science course, including entry requirements, seeĀ TR071: Science (common entry).

  • How to apply: See how to apply

Admission Requirements

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What is Zoology?

Zoology is the scientific study of the animal kingdom, along with its evolution, diversity and environment. This involves building knowledge of both the structure of different kinds of animals and how they function, and the complex relationships that govern how animals relate to each other and their surroundings. Zoology provides fundamental information on three areas of our society: the environment, food production and human health.

What will you study?

The course highlights the major concerns of modern zoology in relation to environmental and medical biology, and introduces you to cell biological and other analytical techniques, fieldwork and computer-aided data handling procedures.

Work in third year provides a broad overview of zoology and includes core courses in:

  • Ecology
  • Physiology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Biodiversity
  • Developmental Biology
  • Vertebrate Form and Function
  • Parasitology
  • Applied Molecular Biology

There are also additional options selected from the environmental or medical zoology programmes.

A major component of fourth year is the research project. In previous years projects have included parasites in African children, conservation of squirrels, deep sea fisheries, and others on biodiversity, climate change and pollution. Tutorials in specialist areas are selected from freshwater biology, marine biology, wildlife biology, evolution and behaviour, molecular biology, developmental biology and parasitology.


Many graduates are pursuing academic and research careers in Ireland and overseas. Others have entered the agricultural and fisheries sectors, the wildlife service, and aid agencies, as advisers and technical experts and as inspectors and managers. Trinity Zoology graduates have furthermore taken up publishing of wildlife magazines and educational literature, film making and careers in the media, fish farming, computer software development, second and third-level teaching, museum work, tourism, environmental lobbying with organisations such as Greenpeace, environmental consultancy and wildlife conservation and management.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 1366