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Curriculum

The curriculum is modular in structure and built around three main thematic areas namely;

  • Basic Human Biology
  • Core Competency, Transferrable Skills and TCD Graduate Attributes
  • Applied Biomedical Science

Modules for Year 1 (Junior Freshman)

  • Introductory Human Cell Biology and Genetics (10 ECTS)
  • Human Health and Disease Tutorials I (10 ECTS)
  • Chemical Principles and Properties (10 ECTS)
  • Mathematical Methods (10 ECTS)
  • Human Tissue Types (5 ECTS)
  • Human Developmental Biology (5 ECTS)
  • Philosophy of Science (5 ECTS).
  • A further 5 elective ECTS are taken in a Broad Curriculum or language module.

Modules for Year 2 (Senior Freshman)

  • Cell Structure and Function (5 ECTS)
  • Metabolism (5 ECTS)
  • The Human Body-Structures and Systems (30 ECTS),
  • Research Methods and Statistics (5 ECTS),
  • Microbiology and Immunology (5 ECTS)
  • Human Health and Disease Tutorials II (5 ECTS)
  • A further 5 ECTS are taken in a Broad Curriculum or language module.

Modules for Year 3 (Junior Sophister)

  • Molecular and Systems Pharmacology (10 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (10 ECTS)
  • Cell Function in Health and Disease (5 ECTS)
  • Biomedical Research in Action (5 ECTS)
  • Nutrition and Metabolism (5 ECTS)
  • Exercise in Disease Prevention and Patient Rehabilitation (5 ECTS)
  • The Biology of Neurodegenerative and Psychiatric Disease (5 ECTS)
  • Fundamental and Applied Immunology (10 ECTS)
  • Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation (5 ECTS)

Modules for Year 4 (Senior Sophister)

  • Research Project (20 ECTS)
  • Molecular Haematology and Oncology (5 ECTS)
  • Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics (5 ECTS)
  • Physiological Measurement (5 ECTS)
  • Integrated Pathophysiology (10 ECTS)
  • Measuring and Reporting on Human Health (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Tutorials in Human Health and Disease (10 ECTS)

Human Health and Disease Scholarship Examinations

The objective of the Scholarship examination in Science is to identify and reward undergraduate students having outstanding interest and ability in their chosen field. Such students should be able to demonstrate some degree of originality and flair, and not simply a high level of performance in basic coursework. Because the Scholarship examination in Science is taken by Senior Freshman students, it is based on the breadth of the Freshman Science course being following by the student. Scholars are therefore outstanding in the field of general biomedical science (or that division of it represented by the range of modules taken by the student in their Freshman years), and not in any specific discipline. An application form and Foundation Scholarship regulations can be accessed on the Examinations and Timetables Office webpage.

The examination will take the following format:

  1. Three papers of total 8-9 hours of written examination corresponding to each of the areas of study.
  2. There is no continuous assessment as part of the examination
  3. The academic scope of each course covered is specified as detailed below:
    • Paper 1 - Integrated Cell Biology
      3 essay style questions based on course work from modules BY2201 and BY2203 (knowledge from PG1004, PG1005, PG1006, PG1007, BY1101 may also be included)
    • Paper 2 - Integrated Anatomy and Physiology
      3 essay style questions based on material from MD2015
      Q1-Physiology
      Q2-Anatomy
      Q3-Integrated
    • Section 3 - Special Topic
      The Special Topic examination will be related to a course of reading on recent advances in the understanding of the aetiology and treatment of a specific human disease. The syllabus for the special topic will be based on research papers and reviews as prescribed by staff in the discipline.

N.B. For students to be successful in the Scholarship Examination they need to achieve an overall first class aggregate mark and a first class pass in at least two of the three examination papers.