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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.

2018/2019 Programme

The dates for the 2018/19 TY Programme are:

  • Week 1: 22 - 26 October 2018 (programme full)
  • Week 2: 11 - 15 March 2019 (programme full)

2019/2020 Programme

We will post an application form and information about our 2019/2020 programme on this webpage at the end of summer 2019 and we will accept applications in September 2019 once the Junior Certificate results are available.

Preference is not given to early applications. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date (usually around two weeks after the Junior Certificate results are available) and all applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Normally only one student per school will be selected.