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What is Immunology?

Immunology is the study of the immune system. The immune system has evolved to protect our bodies against infection and cancer and involves the co-ordinated activities of specialised cells, molecules and genes to orchestrate an immune response.  Immunology is one of the most rapidly growing research areas in biology and has been shown to have a fundamental role in almost all disease states.  Understanding how the immune system works has led to the development of new therapeutics e.g. antibodies, for the specific treatment of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.  In addition, we can now harness the immune system such that it can help to fight against infection and cancer.  Many pharmaceutical companies have substantial Immunology programmes.

What do we do?

In the Immunology degree, students will learn about all aspects of Immunology: from the cells and molecules of the immune system and how they carry out their jobs in particular diseases through to what happens when the immune system goes wrong and actually starts to attack our own bodies, as seen in autoimmune diseases.  In order to fully understand the immune system, students will also cover important aspects of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology.  One exciting aspect of the Immunology degree is that undergraduates experience real research as they undertake a Senior Sophister project in a research laboratory in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology.  Our School is based in the new state of the art Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute building on Pearse Street.

Why study Immunology at Trinity?

Trinity is not only the leading centre for Immunology in Ireland but it recognised around the world for its high level of research excellence.  Graduating with an Immunology degree from Trinity puts students in an excellent and competitive position for their future career.  Many of our students are recruited into Ph.D. positions either here or abroad.  Others choose to go into industry where their skill set is highly valued.  Science communication and graduate medicine are other common career choices.  Immunology is a dynamic and rapidly expanding subject and this degree provides excellent training from world class researchers and lecturers to enable students to successfully pursue a career in Immunology.

Immunology Junior Sophister
Course Adviser: Dr Fred Sheedy

Immunology Senior Sophister
Course Adviser: Dr Clair Gardiner

Teaching material is available on Blackboard

Last updated 23 November 2017 (Email).