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BA Moderatorship in Neuroscience

Students starting college in 2018 who wish to study Neuroscience should apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences stream (TR060) and may then select Neuroscience as their specialist area after the second year.

Degree Co-ordinator: Dr Gavin Davey

What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the discipline concerned with the scientific study of the nervous system in health and disease. It probes the intricate machinery of the nervous system in an attempt to understand how we think, move, perceive, learn and remember. Research in the neurosciences is of considerable importance in medicine, considering the debilitating and costly effects of neurological and psychiatric disease. In this regard, a major goal of modern neuroscience research is to elucidate the underlying causes and to produce more effective treatments for major brain diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Schizophrenia and Depression.

What will you study?

Neuroscience links neurobiology with cognitive science and as a result modules are provided by several Schools within the Faculties of Health Sciences, Science, and Social and Human Sciences. The course involves in-depth instruction in the fundamentals of modern molecular and cellular biology, as well as on the structure and operation of the nervous system.

Other modules focus on the development of the nervous system, its response to injury and disease, the relationship of the brain to behaviour, imaging the brain and the drug treatment of brain disorders. You will also be trained in scientific methodology and experimental design, data handling and resource skills.

Junior Sophister

The JS year consist of a varied programme of lectures, laboratory practicals, workshops and seminars that cover different aspects of Neuroscience. In addition, throughout the Junior Sophister year students take courses that will give them a broad based foundation in Data Handling and Statistics, Anatomy, Genetics, Physiology, Pharmacology and Cellular and Molecular Biology.

JS Course Adviser: Dr Eva Jimeneze-Mateos
Course Administrator: Gabrielle McCabe

Neuroscience Junior Sophister modules:

Refer to the Neuroscience JS Handbook for more information

Senior Sophister

The Senior Sophister year is comprised of a variety of specialised courses in different areas of Neuroscience that run mainly in Michaelmas semester. Hilary semester is primarily devoted to a major research project that is conducted in one of the several research groups located across campus, including those contributing to the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience.

Research Projects are currently available in the following areas:
Neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease
Neuropharmacology of depression
Neurotoxicity of drugs of abuse: MDMA (“Ecstasy”) and cannabis
Neurobiology of memory and learning
Neurobiology of Parkinson’s disease

SS Course Adviser: Dr Colm Cunningham
Course Administrator: Gabrielle McCabe

Neuroscience Senior Sophister modules:

Refer to the SS Neuroscience Handbook for more information


Students are assessed by a combination of in-course assessment and end-of-year examinations.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of neuroscience, you can expect to find employment in a wide range of jobs, using your general scientific training, as well as your specialist skills. You may study for a higher degree in neuroscience, biological or psychological research, and pursue a research career in an academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical research organisation. If you do not want a research career, the course provides transferable skills suitable for a wide variety of careers in teaching, business, management and industry. Some graduates also go on to take professional degrees in medicine or allied health related sciences.

Neuroscience Graduates - Where are they now? (2004-2010)

46% Ph.D. in Neuroscience - Research career

19% Studying other disciplines

- Veterinary Medicine
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Clinical Psychology
- Physiotherapy
- Psycholinguistics

14% Employed in other areas

8% Studying Medicine

13% Other

Last updated 12 November 2018 (Email).