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TR062 Junior Sophister


TR062 Junior Sophister Subjects 2020/21 (PDF 600KB)

The purpose of this booklet is to provide you with information on courses that will be available to you in the Sophister (3rd and 4th) years in Geography and Geoscience.  For those of you who entered the TR062 Geography and Geoscience programme, you now have to decide which Moderatorship subject (degree course) you wish to study.  For some this will be very easy, because you have known from entry which course you wish to follow. For others of you, the decision may require a bit more thought and this booklet is designed to furnish you with all the information you need to make your choice.

The TR062 programme is designed so that many sophister modules are available to students from both Moderatorships, reflecting the closely aligned nature of Geography and Geoscience. The distinctive nature of the two courses comes from the combination of subject material that can be taken alongside these shared modules. If you have developed an interest in studying Geography, spanning the physical, human and environmental aspects of the discipline, you are advised to select the Moderatorship in Geography. This will give you access to a wider range of Geography modules than are available to those selecting Geoscience, permitting you to pursue a broad programme in Geography or to specialise in a particular sub-field of the discipline. If your interests are more aligned with studying the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms of Earth system function, extending from contemporary processes through to those operating over deep time, you are advised to select the Geoscience Moderatorship which replaces the former Trinity degree programmes in Earth Science and Geology. This will give you access to a wider range of Geoscience modules than are available for those selecting Geography, allowing you to pursue a broad programme combining Physical Geography and Geology or to specialise in one of these areas.

TR062 Sophister Booklet 2020/21 (PDF 377KB)

Allocation of Places

The Science Course office coordinates and processes the applications for Junior Sophister places in the TR062 programme.  The procedures are documented below to show students that places are allocated in a fair, transparent and efficient manner.

Allocation is based on the overall mark obtained in the Senior Freshman examinations 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 and going to the disciplines directly.  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.

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 July 10th, 2020.
  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 2020.
  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 Moderatorship. 
  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 Fresh 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 the other Moderatorship 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.

Moderatorship Choice Form

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