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Biochemistry: Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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What is Biochemistry?

Biochemistry deals with the structure and function of the building blocks of life, such as proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, and how these various components work together in living organisms. Biochemists have developed key technologies and instruments that are used widely in the life and medical sciences. Indeed, biochemistry is an integral part of medicine and helps us understand the molecular basis of disease and disorders. Consequently, biochemistry is concerned with the development of new therapeutics. All major pharmaceutical companies invest heavily in biochemistry to help aid their development of new drugs for cancer, infectious diseases and other pathological conditions. Biochemistry is also an essential component of biotechnology, where processes for the production of foods and fuels, and enzymes and other proteins are developed.

Biochemistry: The course for you?

If you are interested in chemistry or biology then biochemistry is a good choice for you. Biochemistry has a strong medical slant at Trinity and is an ideal choice if you are interested in biomedical sciences. Biochemistry is a broad and practical subject and provides training suitable for entry to many career paths. So if your interests are broadly in the molecular side of the life sciences and medicine but are undecided about your exact career path then biochemistry is good choice for you.

Biochemistry @ Trinity

When you study biochemistry at Trinity you will have the opportunity to learn from leading researchers in cancer biology, obesity, diabetes, neurobiology, neurodegeneration, autoimmunity, parasitology, immune-metabolism, protein structure and drug development. Teaching and training takes place in a new state-of-the-art facility, the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, which allows interdisciplinary training in biomedical sciences. Special features of biochemistry teaching at Trinity is the use of small group (2-3 students) tutorials with an assigned member of staff in years three and four, a nine week individual research project in the laboratory of one of the fifteen principal investigators in biochemistry in your final year and hands on training within the most advanced core facilities for microscopy, cytometry, NMR and X-ray crystallography in the country.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

This degree will equip you to work in all major aspects of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology. Currently biochemistry graduates work in hospitals, commercial laboratories dealing with analysis, biotechnology, food science, pharmaceuticals or diagnostics. Biochemistry graduates also benefit from their training in critical thinking, analytical reasoning and presentation and communication skills. Consequently, our recent graduates are in high demand in careers not related directly to biochemistry such as communication, information systems, teaching, management, patent law and journalism. Examples of companies where biochemistry graduates from TCD are employed include Abbot, Andor Technology, Kerry Group, MSD, Novartis, and Pfizer. In addition, recent graduates also work in organisations such as the HSE, Forensic Science Ireland, Teagasc and also in science journalism in RTÉ, BBC, Nature group. Biochemistry graduates are also employed in scientific administration in organisations such as the HRB, the Wellcome Trust and the European Commission. Many graduates are also employed in teaching at second and third level.

Your degree and what you’ll study

During the first two years, students intending to take Biochemistry as their final degree will take a range of core modules in biology, chemistry, mathematics as well as optional modules In other relevant areas.

Protein Structure and Function, Membrane and Cell Biology, Nucleic acids and Gene expression, Biochemistry in Health and Disease, Research Skills and Biochemical Analysis.

Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Microbial Diseases, Stem Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Metabolic Diseases, Structural Biochemistry and Cellular Imaging, Immunology, Research Project in Biochemistry.

If you would like to find out more detailed information on all the modules offered, please visit

Study abroad

The School of Biochemistry and Immunology participates in the Erasmus scheme which offers the opportunity for students to spend their third year studying in a university in the UK (University of Glasgow), France (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble) or Germany (University of Mainz).
Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: or by contacting Prof. Andrei Budanov  


Contact for all general queries:

Mr David O’Beirne Tel: +353 1 896 1608; Email:

School of Biochemistry and Immunology
Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute
Trinity College Dublin
152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

What our graduates say

Orla Hanrahan, Application Specialist in Life Science with Andor Technology
“I have always been interested in the biomedical sciences and Trinity was an obvious choice for me because of the international reputation it has in this field. I chose biochemistry as my degree area mainly because this subject links to so many areas of biomedicine and the emphasis it placed on developing a broad range of skills suitable for graduate entry into many career areas. I was recruited by Andor Technology, where I work as an Application Specialist in Life Science. This role keeps me in touch with all the latest developments and innovations in camera technology and microscopy applications and gives me the opportunity to interact with researchers in universities, companies and hospitals all over the world. Studying biochemistry has given me the opportunity to have a career in an academic and commercial environment.”

What our current students say

Kieran Patel, Final Year Biochemistry 2016
“Biochemistry is a broad and expansive discipline. I chose to study Biochemistry for this reason as I was always interested in understanding the fundamental principles that underpin much of biology. The course at Trinity reflects the broadness of the discipline. The environment is enlightening and stimulating, due in most part to the close contact and interaction with academic staff. I found myself engaging with and learning from world leading researchers on a regular basis. A research thesis undertaken in final year affords you the opportunity to not only experience, but also conduct research in an area of your interest, whilst honing core scientific writing, practical and critical thinking skills; skills of unique value which I found seeping into and improving other areas and facets of my work.

If your interests are broad, you have a desire to uncover the deepest layers of biology and you wish to learn a new way of thinking and understanding, this course is very right for you.”

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EU Applicants

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2018