Transition Year Programme
The School of Biochemistry and Immunology runs two separate work-experience weeks for transition year students each year, taking around 20 students each week. Students are selected from a range of schools around the country to maximise school participation. The students spend half their week in a research laboratory where they interact with students and senior researchers learning about and participating in the lab’s research. The rest of the week involves group activities with talks, quizzes and visits to scientifically relevant sites on campus.
We'd like to welcome you to help us push back the frontiers of science for a week. Researchers at the TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology are working on understanding the biochemistry of life so that we can find new cures for cancer and other diseases. Our research groups include final year undergraduate students, graduate students working towards MScs and PhDs, qualified medical doctors and vets working towards higher degrees, research associates and post-doctoral researchers, ranging in age from 20 to more than 70. The thing that connects us all is a passion for science and an interest in figuring out how the biology of life works. We want to know how birds and mammals flourish in a microbial world, full of bacteria, fungi and bacteria some of which are out ‘to do them in'. You get to meet and talk with many of us and work with some of us.
The two main areas studied in the School are Biochemistry and Immunology.
Biochemistry is the study of the chemical basis of life.
Immunology is the study of how the immune system protects against infection and tumours.
Transition Year Programme 2017/18
We will post an application form and information about our 2017/18 programme on this webpage at the end of summer 2017 and we will accept applications in September 2017 once the Junior Certificate results are available; preference is NOT given to early applications.
Places are offered competitively on the basis of Junior Certificate results and Personal Statement. Normally only one student per school will be selected.
Transition Year Programme 2016/17
Week 1: 7 - 11 November 2016 (full)
Week 2: 27 February - 3 March 2017 (full)
November 2016 group
Transition Year Programme 2015/16
Once again our 2015/16 student transition year programme was a huge success with many labs hosting what will hopefully be our future undergraduates. We received over 300 applications from schools all over the country and selected 50 students, 23 for the week in November and 27 for the week in March. 18 counties were represented, with students from Donegal to Wexford, Sligo to Kerry and even the Aran Islands and Belfast! Feedback was very positive, so many thanks to the staff and students who gave their time to making the programme such a great success.
February 2016 group
Before the fear factor sets in...TY programmes in Trinity's science labs are laying ground for future of economy.
Read about the programme in 2009 as published in Trinity News, 21 April 2009 By Luke Maishman, Science Editor (at the time of publishing)
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Photograph: Martin McKenna