Students who wish to study Biochemistry for their degree apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Stream (TR060) and may select Biochemistry as their specialist subject for the 3rd and 4th years at the end of the second year.
What is Biochemistry?
Biochemistry is a unique discipline because it sits at the interface between chemistry and biology and consequently it is an underpinning subject for many disciplines in the biological and biomedical sciences. Biochemistry is concerned with the study of the structure and function of the building blocks of life, i.e. proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, and how these various components work together in living organisms. Crucially, biochemists seek to provide mechanistic explanations for biological processes and ask questions about how things work, why they work and what happens when they don’t! Moreover, biochemists developed many of the key quantitative and analytical technologies that are now used widely in the life and medical sciences. . 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 very strong medical slant at Trinity and is an ideal choice if you are interested in biomedical sciences. Biochemistry is also a broad and practical discipline and provides training suitable for 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 at 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, immunometabolism, parasitology, 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 third and fourth year, a nine week individual Capstone 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 Trinity are employed include Abbot, Andor Technology, Kerry Group, MSD, Novartis, and Pfizer. In addition, recent graduates also work in organisations such as the HSE, HPRA, 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.
Do you enjoy…
- Biology and/or chemistry?
- Finding how out living things work and why sometimes things go wrong?
- Discovering new ways to treat and prevent illnesses?
- Telling people about your ideas?
Your degree and what you’ll study
First and second years
During the first two years, students intending to take Biochemistry as their final degree will take a range of modules in biology, chemistry, mathematics as well as approved modules in other relevant areas.
Core modules are: Protein Structure and Function, Membrane and Cell Biology and Nucleic acids.Research Skills in Biochemistry (40 credits). In addition you will take a combination of open modules from related disciplines as well as at least one of the Trinity Electives that are available to a total of 20 credits.
Core modules cover: Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Microbial Diseases, Stem Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Metabolic Diseases, Structural Biochemistry and Cellular Imaging, Immunology, Capstone Research Project in Biochemistry.
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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: www.tcd.ie/Biochemistry/undergraduate/exchange-programme or by contacting Prof. Andrei Budanov firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Biological and Biomedical Sciences Programme at Trinity College Dublin
Biology is the study of life in all its complexity and diversity. In the Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme, we explore how life first arose - the properties that distinguish living organisms from inert matter - how living organisms function and how the vast diversity of life forms was generated - how organisms reproduce themselves and how they interact both with each other and with the environment.
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What our graduates say
“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.”
“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 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.”