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TR063 Junior Sophister Subjects 2020/21 (PDF 600 KB)

This handbook is made available to Senior Freshman students at the time of their choice. It reflects the structure of each of the Sophister years in all three of the Moderatorships available within the Physical Sciences course. These three are of course the Physics Moderatorship, the Physics and Astrophysics Moderatorship and the Nanoscience Moderatorship. The structures, modules, practical elements, progression, capstone research projects, and the choices available whether among the Junior Sophister open modules, Junior Sophister Trinity Elective or Senior Sophister optional modules are listed in this handbook.

As the Physical Sciences Moderatorships have been rapidly evolving in light of the Trinity Education project, all of the information here as presented 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 Physical Sciences. We are very happy for you to be with this on this exciting journey where these three 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, within each Moderatorship there are opportunities to tailor your degree through your parallel choice of Trinity Electives in the summer; 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 Open modules.  Whatever your pathway and whatever the Moderatorship ultimately chosen, it will be accredited by the Institute of Physics, the professional body for physicists in Ireland and in the United Kingdom, but further each of our physics degrees gives you a wide range of transferable skills which are valuable whether in research, industry or business.

Course Advisors


Professor Cormac McGuinness

Physics and Astrophysics

Professor Jose Groh


Professor Hongzhou Zhang

TR063 Sophister Programme

Allocation of Places

The Science Course office coordinates and processes the applications for Junior Sophister and Moderatorship places in the TR063 Physical Sciences course.  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 Physical Sciences Course Director and going to the Course Advisors directly.  All enquiries with regard to the allocation of places made to the Course Advisors will be redirected to the Science Course Office

Places will be allocated in the following way until quotas in each Moderatorship 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, with preference given to students who have passed the prerequisite modules of the course.
  1. 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. 
  2. The closing date for the online second round form is Friday 10th July 2020.
  3. Examination results will be available on your personal portal at
  4. Publication of the JS places will be available through portal by the beginning of June 2020.
  5. Students are informed by email when the places are published, and the procedures followed are clearly outlined in the email.
  6. 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).
  7. Students who fail their Junior Sophister examinations will be treated ex-quota in relation to that discipline.
  8. 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 Freshman 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 Monday 20th April 2020.