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Your Trinity Pathways

At Trinity, we have pathways on many of our programmes to give you the flexibility to focus or expand your areas of interest over your years at Trinity.
See our FAQ section below.

Do pathway options apply to my programme? 133KB PDF

Please note: Online Pathway and Module Enrolment (including Trinity Electives) for 2020/21 2nd Year students on eligible programmes will be done via my.tcd.ie in September 2020, after the 1st Year end-of-year results have been published at the end of May 2020. Academic Registry will be in touch with eligible students with further details in May 2020.

Sample Case Studies of Pathway Choices

Please note that the Case Study Videos illustrate only SOME of the available pathways.

Not all pathways are offered by all programmes. Check with your School/Programme Office to find out what pathways are on offer for your programme.

Frequently Asked Questions on Flexible Programme Pathways

General FAQs

Q. Where can I find a glossary of terms that I don’t understand on this website?
A. Download the Glossary of Terms here.
Q. Where do I go for advice on making choices for Year 2 or Year 3 modules/Trinity Electives/Open Modules?
A.

There are a number of online resources available on this website to support you in making decisions on the pathways available to you in Years 2 and 3. 
If, after viewing these resources you are still unclear on how to proceed, your School or Programme Office will be able to provide you with additional assistance and support. 

Q. What are the implications, career wise, of my pathway choices?
A.

It is best to discuss your career options with the Careers Service https://www.tcd.ie/careers

Q. What can I expect from a Trinity Elective?
A.

Trinity Electives provide you with the opportunity to take a module outside of your discipline and hence enhance the breadth of your learning while you are a student in Trinity. They are stand-alone modules that don’t require any previous knowledge (except for advanced-level Language and Culture Electives). Information on Trinity Electives is available at https://www.tcd.ie/trinity-electives/

Q. Where can I find more information on the Trinity Electives?
A.

Information on Trinity Electives is available at https://www.tcd.ie/trinity-electives

Q. What can I expect from an Open Module?
A.

Open Modules are modules that are related to or complement your discipline.  Each programme offers a range of Open Modules, providing opportunities for students to expand their breadth of learning while in Trinity. For general information on Open Modules, see www.tcd.ie/courses/undergraduate/your-trinity-education.

Q. Where can I find out more information on the Open Modules available to me?
A.

For information on Open Modules, see www.tcd.ie/courses/undergraduate/your-trinity-education.

Q. How do I find out if I can take up a New Minor Subject?
A.

Take a look at the New Minor Subject FAQ section below and the website. www.tcd.ie/tep/new-minor-subject

Q. What is the difference between graduating with a Joint Honors Degree or a Major with Minor Degree?
A.

To graduate with a Joint Honors degree you will take a minimum of 100 ECTS or credits in each of the two subjects you have taken since first year. This means that you must study both subjects in all four years of your programme.  If you take on a new subject in your Year 2 it is not possible to graduate with a Joint Honors in that subject.

To graduate with a Major with Minor degree you will concentrate on expanding your knowledge in one subject (Major) and continue to develop knowledge in a second subject (Minor).  You will therefore take more ECTS and complete the Capstone Project in the Major subject and take less ECTS in the Minor subject. Depending on the pathway you have taken, you will either continue your second subject as a Minor into Year 4 or concentrate all your effects on your Major subject in Year 3 and not take ECTS in your Minor subject. 

The Joint Honors Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathways available. It is best to discuss the pathways specifically available to you with your School or Programme Office.

Q. I’m thinking of going abroad as part of my degree. Will the pathway choices I make have implications for this?
A. You will need to check with the Academic Coordinator in your School or Department to talk through your options. If you take up a new Minor Subject, you will need to check with the Academic Advisor in that Department whether you can take modules in that subject when abroad. Many exchanges are for one Semester, so it should be possible to accommodate your chosen pathway if you do go abroad. The list of Academic Coordinators and further information can be found here https://www.tcd.ie/study/study-abroad/outbound/apply/index.php
Q. Can I transfer to another course if I am unhappy?
A.

It is recommended that you discuss your options with your tutor and School. Information on transferring to another course within Trinity is available from https://www.tcd.ie/study/apply/making-an-application/undergraduate/

How and When to Make Your Pathway/Module Selections

Q. When do I make my pathways selections?
A.

You will make your pathway selections for Year 2 after you receive your Year 1 end-of-year results, in June, and for Year 3 after you receive your Year 2 end-of-year results . You will be receive details about this from the Academic Registry.

Single Subject Entry

Programmes include: Deaf Studies; Drama and Theatre Studies; Early and Modern Irish; English Studies; History; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Religion; Sociology and Social Policy

Q. Can all Single Honors students take up a New Minor Subject?
A.

No – students on Deaf Studies and Sociology & Social Policy cannot take up a New Minor Subject.

Q. If I don’t take a New Minor Subject (second subject) in my Year 2 can I still take the Major with Minor pathway?
A.

No, you will need to take up a New Minor Subject (second subject) in Year 2 in order to graduate with a Major with Minor degree. The Single Honors Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathways available. It is best to discuss the pathways specifically available to you with your School or Programme Office.

Q. What are the implications if I take Trinity Electives and Open Modules instead of a second subject?
A.

If you take Trinity Electives and Open Modules instead of a New Minor Subject in Year 2, you will graduate with a Single Honors award only, i.e., the Major with Minor award will not be available to you. 

Q. Do I have to take a Trinity Elective over the course of my studies?
A.

This will depend on whether or not you take up a New Minor Subject.  If you take up a second subject in Year 2, you will not be required to take a Trinity Elective during that year. If you continue with this subject in Year 3, you will not take a Trinity Elective at any point during your course.  If you decide not to continue with the new subject in Year 3, you will need to take a minimum of one or a maximum of 2 Trinity Electives; if you take one Trinity Elective you will take one 5 ECTS Open Module as well in Year 3.

Q. Where can I find more information about what New Minor Subjects are available?
A.

See the New Minor Subject section of this FAQ page below and the website www.tcd.ie/tep/new-minor-subject . Please note that students on Deaf Studies and Sociology and Social Policy cannot take up a New Minor Subject.

Joint Honors Entry

Programmes include: Business Studies and French; Business Studies and German; Business Studies and Polish; Business Studies and Russian; Business Studies and Spanish; Computer Science and Business; History and Political Science; Law and Business; Law and French; Law and German; Law and Political Science; Political Science and Geography; Joint Honors programmes.

Please note that not all pathways are offered by all programmes.

Q. If I don’t continue with one of my two subjects in Year 2 and take Trinity Electives and Open Modules, can I still take the Major with Minor pathway?
A.

No, you will graduate with a Single Honors degree.

Q. Of my first year subjects can I choose either subject to focus on in Year 2?
A.

Yes, in general you can choose to continue with any one of your subjects, or continue with both if you wish.  However, there may be some exceptions to this and it is important to check with your School.

Q. Are all exit pathways open to me with my subject choices?
A.

This will depend on the Year 2 pathway you choose that is available within your programme. For instance, if you choose to continue one subject and not your second subject, your progression pathway will be limited to graduating with a Single Honors degree. The Joint Honors Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathway options. It is important to talk to your School also as some restrictions may apply locally (not all pathways options are available on all programmes).

Q. Do I have to take Trinity Electives or Open Modules?
A. This will depend on the course you are taking and the pathway you choose. In some courses or on some award pathways you will need to take Trinity Electives and/or Open Modules and in other courses or pathways you will not have to. It is best to check with your School directly to see the options available. The Joint Honors Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathway options.

Common Entry

Programmes include: Business, Economics and Social Studies (BESS), Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology (PPES), Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CLAHA)

Q. Can I continue all four subjects in Year 2?
A. It is only possible to take three of your four subjects in Year 2. The Common Entry Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathway options.
Q. What are the implications of taking only two subjects in Year 2 – can I pick up subjects again?
A. If you take two subjects in Year 2, you can continue with these subjects and graduate with a Joint Honors or Major with Minor degree depending on the number of ECTS you take in each subject and the levels at which these ECTS are at. You can decide not to take the second subject in Year 3 and graduate with a Single Honors award in your first subject. You will need to check your options with your School or Course Office as these may vary. The Common Entry Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathway options.
Q. What is the best pathway to take in Year 2 if I want to keep on most of my subjects?
A. To take three subjects in Year 2 you will need to select the pathway where you continue all three subjects and take 20 credits of modules in each. Talk to your School or Course Office about the subject options available to you. The Common Entry Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathway options.

Multidisciplinary

Programmes include: Ancient and Medieval History and Culture; Computer Science and a Language; European Studies; Middle Eastern and European Languages and Culture

Q. What pathways are available to me on a multidisciplinary programme?
A.

At present, once you enter via a multidisciplinary programme you will exit with a multidisciplinary degree award. It is envisaged that more degree award pathways will become available in the future.

Q. Do I have the opportunity to take Trinity Electives?
A.

On some programmes it is possible to take Trinity Electives and you will need to check with your School if this is the case.

Professional Entry

Programmes include: Computer Science; Engineering; Engineering with Management; Global Business; Law; Music Education; Psychology; Theoretical Physics

Q. Can I take another subject in Year 2?
A.

No - you will continue with the subject you are taking in Year 1. 

Q. Do the options that apply to Single Honors students apply to me?
A.

No – these Single Honors degree programmes are subject to external professional accreditation or must comply with the requirements of professional bodies. However, you will be able to take Open Modules and Trinity Electives.

Q. Do I have to take Trinity Electives and Open Modules?
A.

Yes, you will take Trinity Electives and Open Modules over the four years of your programme, as per your course structure.  Trinity Electives and Open Modules add breadth to your learning.  Your School will advise when Trinity Electives and Open Modules are taken in your specific course. 

Science Entry

Programmes include: Science Streams: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Chemical Sciences; Geography and Geoscience; Physical Sciences. Management Science and Information Systems Studies

Q. Do I have to take Trinity Electives and Open Modules?
A.

Yes, you will take Trinity Electives and Open Modules over the four years of your programme, as per your course structure.  Trinity Electives and Open Modules add breadth to your learning.  Trinity Electives are taken in Year 3. For further information, contact the Science Course Office.

Clinical

Programmes include:  Children’s and General Nursing; Clinical Speech and Language Studies; Dental Science; Human Health and Disease; Medicine; Midwifery; Nursing; Occupational Therapy; Pharmacy; Physiotherapy; Radiation Therapy; Social Studies

Q. Can I take Trinity Electives?
A.

No – due to the professional requirements of your programme, you do not take Trinity Electives. The exception to this is the Human Health and Disease programme – students on this programme must take two Trinity Electives in Year 2.

Capstone Project

Q. What is the Capstone Project and what do I have to do on this project?
A.

The Capstone project is a significant level of independent research that you will carry out that will result in significant piece of original work in your final year.  It will provide you with the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge which you have developed across a range of subject areas and across your four years of study.  The type of research that you will do will depend on your programme of study. More information on the Capstone project is available from www.tcd.ie/courses/undergraduate/your-trinity-education

Q. I am studying Two Subjects - can my Capstone focus on either of my subjects i.e. subject 1 or 2 or both?
A.

It may be possible for your Capstone to focus on either of your subjects or both of your subjects.  However, you will need to discuss this with your School as there may be some limitations depending on your subjects.

Q. I am a ‘BESS/PPES’ student can my Capstone focus on any of my subjects or is this restricted to subject one?
A.

This will depend on the award pathway you have chosen.  If you are taking the Joint Honors award pathway you can take your Capstone in subject 1 or 2.  If you are pursuing the Single Honors/Major with Minor award pathways your Capstone will need to focus on subject 1.

Q. I am a student on a multidisciplinary programme.  Can my Capstone focus on any of my subjects?
A.

You will need to discuss this with your School as this may vary from programme to programme.

Trinity Electives

Q. Where can I find more information about the Trinity Electives?
A.

Go to www.tcd.ie/trinity-electives/.

Q. What can I expect from a Trinity Elective?
A.

Trinity Electives provide you with the opportunity to take a module outside of your discipline and hence enhance the breadth of your learning while you are a student in Trinity. They are stand-alone modules that don’t require any previous knowledge (except for advanced-level Language and Culture Electives). Information on Trinity Electives is available at https://www.tcd.ie/trinity-electives/

Q. What are the maximum number of Trinity Electives that I can take?
A. The maximum number of Trinity Electives that can be taken is two, and only one per semester. Whether you can take one or two Trinity Electives will vary according to the programme you are taking.  Trinity Electives are 5 ECTS stand-alone modules.  More information on Trinity Electives can be found at https://www.tcd.ie/trinity-electives/
Q. What credits are awarded to Trinity Electives?
A.

5 credits (ECTS) are awarded to Trinity Electives.

New Minor Subject

Q. What is a New Minor Subject?
A.

A New Minor Subject is a second subject that may be taken by Single Honors students on the majority of programmes in Year 1. By taking this New Minor Subject, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop knowledge in this second subject. Specific sets of New Minor Subjects are available to each of the following Single Honors programmes for students to choose from: Early & Modern Irish; Drama & Theatre Studies; English; History; Mathematics; Music; Religion; Philosophy. See www.tcd.ie/tep/new-minor-subject for further information.

Q. Who can take up a New Minor Subject in Year 2?
A.

It is only possible to take up a New Minor Subject if you entered on one of the following Single Honors programmes: Early & Modern Irish; Drama & Theatre Studies; English; History; Mathematics; Music; Religion; Philosophy. Students on Deaf Studies, and Sociology and Social Policy are not eligible to take up a New Minor Subject due to the professional requirements of their programmes.

You may choose to take up a New Minor Subject in Year 2 – you will be allocated based on your Year 1 end of year results and subject to availability. If you do not get allocated a place on a New Minor Subject, you will take Trinity Electives and Open Modules instead.

If allocated to a new minor subject in Year 2, you can decide to continue with this subject into Year 3 and exit with either a Single Honors degree in your entry subject or with a Major with Minor degree, i.e. majoring in your entry subject plus a minor in your new subject.

Q. When and how do I apply to take a New Minor Subject?
A.

You will apply online via my.tcd.ie to take your New Minor Subject as part of the online selection of your pathways and modules, after you get your Year 1 end-of-year results. See the ‘Online Enrolment/Selection’ section of the FAQs. Some of the New Minor Subjects will require you to make contact in advance of online enrolment to audition (Drama Studies and Music) or confirm your language requirements (Languages). See www.tcd.ie/tep/new-minor-subject for further details.

Q. If I apply for New Minor Subject, am I guaranteed a place?
A.

No – places on New Minor Subjects are subject to availability, and are allocated based on your Year 1 end-of-year results. Some New Minors require an audition (Drama Studies and Music) and the languages will require a level of language knowledge. For further details, see www.tcd.ie/tep/new-minor-subject.

Q. How are places allocated to New Minor Subjects?
A.

Places are allocated based on your Year 1 final results. Some of the New Minors will require an audition or entrance test (Drama Studies and Music) and the languages will require a level of language knowledge. For further details, see www.tcd.ie/tep/new-minor-subject .

Q. Who can I contact to find out more about the New Minor Subjects?
A.

See the Contacts List on www.tcd.ie/tep/new-minor-subject for the contact for each New Minor Subject.

Q. What is the difference between graduating with a Major with Minor Degree and a Single Honors Degree?
A.

To graduate with a Major with Minor degree you will concentrate on expanding your knowledge in one subject (Major) and continue to develop knowledge in a second subject (Minor).  You will therefore take more credits and complete the Capstone Project in the Major subject and take less credits in the Minor subject. You will continue your second subject as a Minor into Years 3 and 4.

To graduate with a Single Honors Degree you will concentrate primarily on your subject of entry. You can take up a New Minor Subject in Year 2, but decide either to continue it into Year 3 but only take a small number of credits in it (10 credits) and discontinue it in Year 4, or drop it after Year 2 and take 10 credits of Trinity Electives and Open Modules in Year 3 instead. Either of these pathways will lead to a Single Honors degree. 
The Single Honors Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathways available.

Q. If I don’t take a New Minor Subject (second subject) in my Year 2 can I still take the Major with Minor pathway?
A. No, you will need to take up a New Minor Subject (second subject) in Year 2 in order to graduate with a Major with Minor degree. The Single Honors Explore Your Pathways tool will provide you with a general overview of the pathways available.
Q. Is there any other pathway available to me other than taking up a New Minor Subject?
A.

Yes, you may choose to take 20 credits of Trinity Electives and Open Modules in Year 2 instead of a New Minor Subject. You will then graduate with a Single Honors degree in your subject of entry.

Open Modules

Q. What are the maximum number of Open Modules that I can take?
A.

The number of Open Modules that you can take varies according to your programme. Open Modules are run as part of or by another programme but that are complementary and related to your own programme, worth 5 or 10 ECTS.  More information on Open Modules can be found at https://www.tcd.ie/courses/undergraduate/your-trinity-education.

Q. What credits are awarded to Open Modules?
A.

5 or 10 ECTS are awarded to Open Modules.

Q. Where can I find more information about Open Modules?
A.

Go to www.tcd.ie/courses/undergraduate/your-trinity-education and see the section on Open Modules and click on ‘read more’ for additional information.