Distinctive Features of the Trinity Education


As a student at Trinity College Dublin you will have the opportunity to develop a strong expertise in your chosen subject areas but we believe that a university education should also encourage you to broaden your experience and your perspective beyond your core subjects. This is why we have the seven features that make a Trinity Education distinctive. These features help our students to develop the qualities, skills and behaviours which are encompassed by the four Trinity Graduate Attributes: to think independently; to communicate effectively; to develop continuously; and to act responsibly.

Capstone Project

Trinity is a research-led university where every student has the opportunity to do a Capstone project as part of their undergraduate education. The Capstone project is a substantial independent research project that you will normally carry out in your final year. It will enable you to put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your programme of study and to further develop the Trini

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Global Mobility

The opportunity to study or work abroad as part of your studies is a key element of the Trinity Education. One third of our eligible undergraduate students currently avail of global mobility opportunities and we plan to increase this to one in two students over the coming years. Students usually avail of mobility opportunities in their third year of study in eligible programmes. Trinity is an international univ

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Trinity is committed to preparing its students for the ever-changing challenges of the 21st-century workplace. Trinity is ranked first in Ireland for graduate employment rates and alumni outcomes. This is reflected in the Trinity Graduate Attributes and a wealth of opportunities for learning experiences that contribute to your employability. As a Trinity student you will have the chance to apply for the Trinity E

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Trinity Electives

Trinity Electives are standalone modules that will give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond your own discipline. You can choose from a range of exciting modules that allow you to engage with Trinity’s ground-breaking research, to experience diverse languages and cultures, and to consider how we can address key societal challenges. Each Trinity Elective has been designed specifically to help y

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Open Modules

Open Modules are modules that are taught as part of other programmes but are complementary and related to your own programme of study. Choosing Open Modules will allow you to broaden your perspective on your core discipline(s) through exposure to knowledge, skills and ways of thinking associated with related fields. Open Modules will provide you with a wealth of opportunities to enrich the study of your core curri

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Trinity students are encouraged to actively participate in the 170+ student societies and sports clubs on campus. You learn outside the class-room through engaging with student life and through other extra-curricular activities such as internships and volunteering, which all support the development of the Trinity Graduate Attributes. As you progress through your years at Trinity, you will regularly reflect on yo

Partners in Learning

At Trinity, we see students and staff as partners in the learning process. We expect students to actively engage with their programme of study, in collaboration with their instructors. Alongside traditional examinations you will be engaging in diverse forms of assessment, such as presentations, group projects, blogs, and essays. You will receive continuous feedback on your learning and build on what you ha