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TR061 Junior Sophister Subjects 2020/21 (PDF 602KB)

This handbook reflects the structure of each of the Sophister years in all four of the Moderatorships available within the Chemical Sciences course. These four are of course the Chemistry Moderatorship, the Medicinal Chemistry Moderatorship, the Chemistry with Molecular Modelling Moderatorship and the Nanoscience Moderatorship. The structures, core modules, practical elements, progression, capstone research projects, and the choices available (Junior Sophister Open, Junior Sophister Trinity Elective), are listed in this handbook.

As the Chemical Sciences Moderatorships have been rapidly evolving in light of the Trinity Education project, all of the information presented here is as accurate as possible at the time of compilation of this document. However, module codes, the module content, the choice or breadth, or timing of available Core, Mandatory, Open or Optional modules and details of examinations are subject to change between this academic year and the beginning of the next when the first rising Junior Sophister students enter into the Sophister years of the Moderatorships within Chemical Sciences. We are very happy for you to be with this on this exciting journey where these four Moderatorships are now presented in a way not possible before now with Core components and Open modules in Junior Sophister and a new range of Optional modules in the Senior Sophister year.

Specifically, there are opportunities within each Moderatorship to tailor your degree through your parallel choice of Trinity Electives; by subsequent choices within the Junior Sophister year of Junior Sophister Open modules; your preference of your Senior Sophister project, and your selection from among the Senior Sophister Optional modules.  Whatever your pathway and whatever the Moderatorship ultimately chosen, each of our chemistry degrees gives you a wide range of transferable skills that will be of value in research, industry or business.

Course Advisors

Chemical Sciences Course Director Chemistry

Prof Eoin Scanlan

Chemistry with Molecular Modelling

Prof Graeme Watson

Medicinal Chemistry

Prof Mathias Senge


Prof Peter Dunne

TR061 Chemical Sciences Sophister Booklet 2020/21

Allocation of Places

The Science Course Office coordinates and processes the applications for Junior Sophister places in the TR061 Programme.  The procedures are documented below to show students that places are allocated in a fair, transparent and efficient manner.

The numbers of places available in each moderatorship subject is limited by quota. Allocation is based on the overall mark obtained in the Senior Freshman examinations to include the prerequisite modules and the order of choice as expressed by the student.
Decisions on places are made by the Science Course Office and students cannot be allocated a place by circumventing the Science Course Office or Director of Teaching and Learning Undergraduate (DTLUG) and going to the Moderatorship Course Directors directly.  All enquiries with regard to the allocation of places made to the Moderatorships 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 based on their overall mark.
  2. Places will be allocated in rank order, with preference given to students who have passed the prerequisite modules of the course.
  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 line following publication of the Senior Freshman examination results. 
  4. The closing date for the online second round form is Friday 10th July 2020.
  5. In the event of two or more students having equal overall averages seeking one place, the choice will be made in favour of the student gaining the higher mark in the SF modules that are pre-requisites for the moderatorship in question. 
  6. Examination results will be available on your personal portal at
  7. Publication of the JS places will be available through portal by the beginning of July 2020.
  8. Students will be informed by email when the places are published, and the procedures followed will be clearly outlined in the email.
  9. 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).
  10. Students who fail their Junior Sophister examinations will be treated ex-quota in relation to that discipline.
  11. 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. 
  12. Moderatorship Choice Form

    The choice of moderatorship form is available online: Click on Junior Sophister on the left menu then click on Moderatorship Choice Form.
    The closing date for submissions is Monday 20th April 2020.