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International Exchange Programme (Undergraduate)

Outgoing Students

In Senior Freshman year, Trinity students who want to take Moderatorships in Biochemistry or Immunology (Molecular Medicine on a case by case basis) can apply to the International Exchange Programme to spend their Junior Sophister year (third year) abroad. Currently the School has agreements with various Universities for the ERASMUS+ scheme and any College-wide non-EU exchange programmes. A year spent in another country is an invaluable experience particularly in the case of France or Germany where acquisition of proficiency in the use of the language and experience of the culture may confer benefits later when seeking employment. A number of these exchanges have been selected because some or all of the content lectures are provided in English. However, for France, Spain, Poland or Germany you should study the language in the College CLCS from the start of the Senior Freshman year, unless you are already proficient.

The ERASMUS+ scheme has a bursary available of €250/month to help support the exchange student. All rising Senior Freshman students who wish to be considered must contact Dr Andrei Budanov (budanova@tcd.ie) before the end of Michaelmas semester for ERASMUS+ and before the end of October for non-EU exchange programmes. Only students who obtain a 2:1 average in Senior Freshman year will be allowed to take up a place abroad. In the event of more candidate applications than places, exam results will be used to identify the successful applicant.

Incoming Students

The School of Biochemistry & Immunology is research intensive and has a strong international reputation for the quality of its scholarly activities. The areas of research in Biochemistry include membrane proteins, enzymology, folic acid biochemistry, structural biology, tRNA biology, neurochemistry, systems biology, cancer biology, molecular parasitology, apoptosis, energy transduction and drug discovery. In the area of Immunology our School is active in immunoregulation, immunomodulation, cell signalling in immunity and inflammation, immunoparasitology, vaccine adjuvant research, innate immunity and inflammation, and viral subversion of immunity.

Our success in these areas is complemented by our substantial investment in cutting-edge facilities for nuclear magnetic resonance, protein crystallisation, X-ray crystallography, transgenics, histochemistry, electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, and fluorescence activated cell sorting. The School has a passion for discovery, an ability to generate new knowledge, expertise in cutting-edge technologies, a flair for entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as a commitment to communicating their passion and knowledge to students. The School funds three moderatorships, leading to degrees in Biochemistry, Immunology and Molecular Medicine.

International students who have relevant backgrounds from their home Institutions and at least 1-2 years of comparable subjects similar to those necessary for entry into a specific moderatorship can elect to take the full Junior Sophister year. For ERASMUS+ students hosted by School, we have set up specific agreements with your home Institutions in either Biochemistry or Immunology. Visiting non-EU students, including TASSEP, Science Without Borders (SWB) or similar can apply through College for a full academic year in Biochemistry (TASSEP, ERASMUS+ by agreement or SWB), Immunology (TASSEP, ERASMUS+ by agreement or SWB) or Molecular Medicine (TASSEP or SWB).

International and Visiting Student Options

Junior Sophister modules for single semester OR non-Biochemistry & Immunology Visiting Students

OPEN and CORE modules are available to visiting students.

OPEN MODULES

All open modules will be available for visiting students. These include:

Code

Semester

Module Name

ECTS

Assessment

BIU33150 Semester 1 (Michaelmas) Biochemistry for Biosciences 5 60% End of year examination, 40% in course assessed
The aim of this module is to provide students with the grounding in biochemistry necessary to (i) understand biology at a molecular level, (ii) form a mechanistic view of biological processes and (iii) appreciate the pathobiochemical basis of disease.  The topics covered will include: the biochemistry of: protein structure, enzymes and their role in metabolism, membranes and transport, signalling and the cytoskeleton.

Code

Semester

Module Name

ECTS

Assessment

BIU33350 Semester 1 (Michaelmas) Molecular Basis of Disease 5 60% End of year examination, 40% in course assessed
Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the causes and epidemiology of cancer and the methods used in its diagnosis and treatment.
  • Define the processes of drug target identification, validation and development
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the chemical structure and interactions among molecular components of the cell
  • Define the sites of drug action in DNA/RNA, enzymes and receptors and the procedures used in developing of new drug entities
  • Explain the molecular basis of pro-inflammatory conditions and metabolic disease.

Code

Semester

Module Name

ECTS

Assessment

BIU33250 Semester 2 (Hilary) Introduction to Immunology and Immunometabolism 5 70% End of year examination, 30% in course assessed
This module introduces the basic components and function of the immune system – the molecules, cells, tissues and organs that make up the immune system. It will illustrate the immune responses to infection. Additionally, it will introduce students to the importance of central energy and intermediary metabolic pathways, before considering how they are dysregulated in diseases like cancer and also how we can harness this knowledge for new immunotherapies.

Please Note: BIU33150, BIU33250, BIU33350 do not include any laboratory practicals

CORE MODULES

Students can take a core module shown below. Each module can accommodate a maximum of one or two students on the first come - first served basis, due to limited laboratory capacity.

Semester 1:

Code

Module Name

Discipline

ECTS

BIU33120 Membrane & Cell Biology Biochemistry 10
BIU33270 Immunity & Disease   Immunology 10
BIU33380 Disease Mechanisms & Drug Discovery Molecular Medicine 10

Semester 2:

Code

Module Name

Discipline

ECTS

BIU33010 Nucleic Acids  Biochemistry 10
BIU33230 Gene Regulation Immunology 10
BIU33010 Nucleic Acids  Molecular Medicine 10


Application for admittance to other Biochemistry and Immunology Modules will be considered.  However, space is limited by laboratory capacity. 


Please contact Dr Andrei Budanov budanova@tcd.ie, Erasmus/International Coordinator for the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, for more information.