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TR060 Junior Sophister 2021/22

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.

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

Read the TR060 Sophister 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.

Please complete the Moderatorship Choice Form below when you have informed yourself about each discipline by reading the TR060 Sophister Programme Handbook and viewing the videos on interest to you.


Introduction: Choosing your Junior Sophister Options & Trinity Electives - Prof Áine Kelly. Associate Dean of Undergaduate Science Education

Choosing your Moderatorship Discipline: An overview of the biology moderatorships and including an explanation of how places are allocated. - Prof Kevin Devine. Director of Biological and Biomedical Science


Biochemistry - Prof Derek Nolan, 2021/22

Botany - Prof Jennifer McElwain, 2021/22

Enviromental Sciences - Prof Matthew Saunders, 2021/22

Genetics - Dr Juan Pablo Labrador, 2021/22

Human Genetics - Prof Gwyneth Farrar, 2021/22

Immunology - Dr Frederick Sheedy, 2021/22

Microbiology - Dr Kim Roberts, 2021/22

Molecular Medicine - Kenneth Jun Mok, 2021/22

Neuroscience - Dr Eva Jimenez-Mateos, 2021/22

Physiology - Prof Áine Kelly, 2021/22

Zoology - Prof Andrew Jackson, 2021/22

You can also contact the Junior Sophister Course Advisors listed below.

Course Advisors (JS)


Prof D. Nolan


Prof M. Williams

Environmental Sciences

Prof M. Saunders


Prof J.P. Labrador

Human Genetics

Prof J. Farrar


Prof F. Sheedy


Prof U. Bond

Molecular Medicine

Prof K. Mok


Prof E. Jimenez-Mateos


Prof M. Caldwell


Prof A. Jackson