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TR060 Junior Sophister


TR060 Junior Sophister Subjects 2020/21 (PDF 618KB)

The purpose of this booklet is to provide information on the moderatorship choices that are available to you in the Sophister (3rd and 4th) years of the TR060 Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Programme. 

Having successfully completed the Freshman years, of the BBS programme, you must now decide on the discipline in which you wish to specialise for your moderatorship. For some of you this will be an easy decision, as you have known from entry the subject you wish to study. For others the choice may be more difficult. However, it is important for all of you to be open-minded and reflect carefully on the broad range of topics presented in the Freshman biology modules.

My strong advice to you is  - follow your interests ! You will excel in the areas of biology in which you are most interested.

I recommend that you read this booklet very carefully before making your choices. You will see that the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Programme allows you to choose from 11 moderatorships covering a broad range of disciplines. You should also note the overlap in content between disciplines, afforded by the system of ‘Core’ and ‘Open’ modules that will give breadth to your scientific education. For example: those who specialise in Microbiology also have the opportunity to choose modules in ‘Biochemistry for Biological Sciences’; ‘Introduction to Immunology and Immunometabolism’; ‘Genomes and Systems Biology’ and ‘Introduction to Parasitology’ in the Junior Sophister year.

Junior Sophister students also have the opportunity to broaden their education by taking one or two Trinity Elective(s) in a topic outside of their moderatorship subject. The list of Trinity Elective modules reflects the very wide range of engagement in scholarship across college. Trinity Electives therefore affords the opportunity to study subjects of interest to you, presented by the leaders in the field.     

Detailed information on each moderatorship can be obtained from the Junior Sophister Course Advisor. You are also welcome to visit the Science Course Office to discuss any personal needs you may have.

List of Course Advisers

Course Advisors (JS)


D. Nolan


M. Williams

Environmental Sciences

M. Saunders


J.P. Labrador

Human Genetics

J. Farrar


F. Sheedy


J. Geoghegan

Molecular Medicine

J. Murray


E. Jimenez-Mateos


M. Caldwell


A. Jackson

The TR060 Sophister Course Programme 2020/2021 (PDF 1,185KB)

Allocation of Places:

The Science Course office coordinates and processes the applications for Junior Sophister places in the TR060 BBS course.  The procedures documented below show students that places are allocated in a fair, transparent and efficient manner.
The number of places available in each moderatorship subject is limited by quota. Allocation is based on the overall mark obtained in the Senior Freshman examinations and the order of choice as expressed by the student.
The Science Course Office makes the decisions on the allocation of places. Students cannot be allocated a place by circumventing the Science Course Office and going directly to the disciplines.  All enquiries with regard to the allocation of places made to the disciplines will be redirected to the Science Course Office

Places will be allocated in the following way until quotas are reached:

  1. All students passing their Senior Freshman semester one and semester two examinations will be ranked in merit order on the basis of their overall mark.
  2. Places will be allocated in rank order.
  3. Students failing the Senior Freshman examinations must reapply for the remaining unfilled places until quotas are reached.  Second round choice of subject forms will be made available on-line: . Click on Junior Sophister on the left menu then click on Moderatorship Choice Form. Following publication of the Senior Freshman examination results. 
  1. The closing date for the online second round form is TBC
  2. Examination results will be available on your personal portal at
  3. Publication of the JS places will be available through portal by the beginning of June.
  4. Students are informed by email when the places are published, and the procedures followed are clearly outlined in the email.
  5. Students opting to go ‘off books’ rather than take up the place offered, will be treated as rising JS students in the following year.  Places will not be reserved for such students.  Students who apply for readmission will be considered for a place in the same way as the year in which they qualified (if a student did not qualify for a place in the first round, they will not be considered in the first round when they apply for readmission to the College).
  6. Students who fail their Junior Sophister examinations will be treated ex-quota in relation to that discipline. 
  7. Students who are given permission by the Senior Lecturer to defer their examinations until the reassessment examination session can defer a place in their first preference only.   Following publication of the reassessment examinations, students who passed Senior Freshman examinations at the reassessment session will be allocated a place based on the same criteria used in the summer allocation of places.  If the student in this category does not qualify for the deferred place, the Science Course Administrator will offer that student a place in one of the subjects available in the second round and the deferred place will be offered to the next qualified student from the first-round allocation. 

Special note: Students who have passed their Senior Fresh examinations may not repeat the SF year in order to improve their performance.


The TR060 Sophister Course Programme 2020/2021 (PDF 1,185KB)