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What is Genetics?

Genetics is the study of genes, genomes and heredity. It has developed rapidly in the last decade as new technology has made it possible to study genes in much greater detail and to rapidly sequence genomes. A few examples of remarkable advances in knowledge include:
. The discovery of the molecular basis of many inherited disorders
. The development of genetic and stem-cell-based therapies for inherited disorders
. The ability to trace evolution
. The application of DNA finger-printing to forensic science

Genetics: The course for you?

If you are interested in understanding the principles of inheritance; how genetic mechanisms control different developmental and physiological processes in biology; and how a perturbation of these mechanisms leads to disorders and diseases, this is the right course for you.

Genetics @ Trinity

Genetics is run by the Department of Genetics, which is part of the School of Genetics and Microbiology and is located in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics with state-of-the-art research facilities. There are 14 members of faculty and a number of academic associates, working in a wide range of areas of Human Genetics covering everything from medical genetics, gene-based medicines, pharmacogenomics, stem cells to evolutionary genetics, amongst other areas. The Department of Genetics has an international reputation for high-quality research and more than 50 years of experience in teaching Genetics and Human Genetics to undergraduate students. The teaching of the Department is research-driven; undergraduates are taught by research-active scientists with excellent track records in their chosen fields.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Many Genetics graduates go on to higher degrees (M.Sc. and/or PhD.) and take up careers in research in either academia or industry. Opportunities exist in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, agricultural organisations, medical or clinical diagnostic laboratories, forensics, public health and epidemiology programmes, and in teaching. Genetic counselling is a rapidly expanding field that might also interest you. Other graduates have gone into careers such as medicine, patent law or science journalism. Even if you choose a career not directly related to the scientific subject, the skills of critical thinking and problem solving provided by the Genetics degree will put you in high demand.

Your degree and what you’ll study

During the Junior Sophister (third) year, students will learn about the fundamentals of genetics through a combination of lecture courses and practical classes. To this end, students will be exposed to different areas of genetics ranging from bacterial genetics, to plant genetics, to medical genetics. Practical classes teach the students about key techniques and analysis methods that are widely used in genetics laboratories. In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year, students can choose, largely depending on their interests, from a number of lecture courses on different areas of genetics. They also spend 10 to 12 weeks in a laboratory of the institute and participate in ongoing research projects. They further write an in-depth literature review on a current topic of genetics.

Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics, Genomics, Neurogenetics and Drosophila, Medical Genetics, Pharmacogenomics, Evolutionary Genetics, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Analytical Genetics Laboratory, Data Handling, Genetics tutorials, Review (Genetics), Broad Curriculum (see page 23).

Literature Review, Research Project, Medical and Cellular Genetics (which contains the following courses: Cancer genetics, Transgenic animals and gene therapy, Genetics of perception, Prion-like proteins, Apoptosis, Stem cell biology, Plant developmental genetics), Analytical and molecular genetics (which contains the following courses: Genetics and Immunology of Neural Diseases, Molecular Evolution II, Microbial Molecular Genetics, Plant Molecular Genetics II, Developmental Genetics of Drosophila, Human Evolutionary Genetics, Genetics of Neural Development, Behavioural Genetics, Epigenetics).

Students will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year examinations.
Study abroad and internships opportunities.

The Department helps students to secure internships in research laboratories (both in Ireland and internationally) over the summer period between the third and fourth years, so that they can gain valuable research experience. Some students spend all or part of the summer period in US laboratories, again between 3rd and 4th year.

Further information
Tel: +353 1 896 1140




Last updated 10 May 2018 (Email).