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To choose Trinity Electives for 2021/22, you will be asked to select online in September 2021 via my.tcd.ie via the menu option ‘My Programme’. Further details will be communicated to you directly from the Academic Registry. You cannot change your mind from one Trinity Elective to another, so make sure you select carefully!

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Please contact academic.registry@tcd.ie and put 'Trinity Electives 2021' in the subject line if you have any difficulty with the selection process.

What is a Trinity Elective?

  • Trinity Electives are 5 ECTS credit standalone modules available to the majority of students to add breadth to their undergraduate curriculum. They tend to be interdisciplinary in their design and they link to the University's research themes or key societal challenges or they cover languages and cultures.
  • They shouldn't be confused with Open Modules, which also add breadth to a student's studies but often in areas that are related or complementary to their home programme. For more details on Open Modules see https://www.tcd.ie/tjh/open-modules/.

What is the timetable for each Trinity Elective?

Trinity Electives are delivered during the following hours:

  • Tuesday: 9-10 a.m. & 10-11 a.m.
  • Thursday: 4-5 p.m. & 5-6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9-10 a.m.

Module co-ordinators may use some or all of these hours each week in the delivery of their Trinity Elective.

How do I apply?

  • You will go to my.tcd.ie and select the menu option 'My Programme' to express your Trinity Elective preferences. The process in outlined in a Quick Guide. If you have technical difficulties with this please contact academic.registry@tcd.ie and put 'Trinity Electives 2021' in the subject line to enable a quick response.
  • Academic Registry will be in touch with more information to all eligible students nearer the selection period. Notification will be by e-mail and also watch out for social media posts.
  • Remember, you cannot change your mind, so express your preferences carefully!
  • Allocation of your Trinity Elective(s) will be made subsequently. Dates and associated activities are shown on the timeline of key activities.

When do I apply?

  • Students will apply for 2021/22 Trinity Electives in July.
  • Academic Registry will notify you directly with further details. Note that if you are taking two Trinity Electives (one per semester), you will express your preferences for Trinity Electives for both semesters at the same time.
  • Students who are off-books or have to repeat or take deferred assessments in August/September will apply for their Trinity Elective(s) in September 2021.
  • Semester 1 Visiting Students in 2021/22 will select in September 2021 and Semester 2 Visiting Students will select in January 2022.

What if I have re-assessments, deferred assessments or I'm off-books without assessments?

  • Enrolment in Trinity Electives for eligible students will be through the 'My Programme' link in my.tcd.ie. You will receive a notification in September. The process for enrolment is outlined on the online module enrolment webpage.

In which semester does each Trinity elective run?

When will I know which Trinity Elective I’ll be taking?

  • If you are selecting in July 2021, you will be notified subsequently of the Trinity Elective(s) to which you have been allocated. You cannot change your mind at that stage, so make sure you express your preferences carefully! Visiting Students will receive immediate confirmation of their allocation when they select.

Can I take any Trinity Elective?

  • Most Trinity Electives are available to any student to take. However, there are some exceptions – read the ‘Who can take this Trinity Elective?’ section at the bottom of the webpage for each Trinity Elective for any exclusions.

What do I do if I want to change my mind about my allocated Elective(s)?

  • Change of mind cannot be facilitated. So you need to be very careful when you express your preferences, as this will drive the allocation. The rationale for not being able to change your allocation is that if you miss even the first week of a Trinity Elective, it will be difficult to catch up. Many Trinity Electives have an intense introductory couple of weeks to give you the basics of the topic. If you are experiencing difficulties, you should contact your Module Coordinator and your Tutor.

How are the Trinity Electives assessed?

  • There is a variety of innovative assessment methods used across the Trinity Electives. You should look at the webpage of each Elective for details on which assessment methods will be used.

Can I take more than one Trinity Elective in a semester?

  • No – you can only take one Trinity Elective per semester. If you are taking two in an academic year, you indicate your preferences for both semesters when you select in July.

How many Trinity Electives can I take?

  • Your programme determines whether or not you are eligible to take Trinity Electives and, if you are, the number you may take. For some programmes it is compulsory – e.g. Engineering 2nd year and 3rd year students must take one Trinity Elective in their 2nd year and one Trinity Elective in their 3rd year. For other programmes it depends on what pathway options are offered. You should check with your programme coordinator/ in your handbook. For the majority of students eligible to take Trinity Electives, a maximum of two may be taken during the course of their programme.  Only one can be taken per semester, if two are taken in the same programme year.

In what year can I take a Trinity Elective?

  • Trinity Electives are taken in the 2nd and/or 3rd years. It will depend on which programme of study you are taking as to exactly when you take your Trinity Elective. You should check with your programme coordinator/in your handbook. The only exception will apply to students eligible to take Broad Curriculum in 2021/22 in their 4th year – these students may take a Trinity Elective.

Do I have to take a Trinity Elective while I’m at College?

  • The answer to this depends on your programme of study. For some programmes it is compulsory, e.g. Engineering, Engineering with Management, Integrated Computer Science. Your programme will determine whether these are taken in your 2nd and/or 3rd year. For other programmes, e.g., in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, depending on the pathways available to you, you may opt to take one or two Trinity Electives. Students in the Health Sciences do not generally take Trinity Electives (except for Human Health and Disease, where students take two Trinity Electives in their 2nd year). Students who are eligible to take Broad Curriculum modules will take Trinity Electives instead - check with your Programme Director/Course Office/in your handbook regarding your requirements.

Will the set of Trinity Electives change?

  • There are an additional 2 new Trinity Electives being introduced from 2021/22. There may be changes to the offering every year and the offering of Trinity Electives will be reviewed on an annual basis.

What weighting will a Trinity Elective have towards my degree?

  • The results of any Trinity Electives taken in your 3rd year will count towards your overall degree award. They will be treated in the same way as any of the core mandatory or optional modules that you take in your 3rd year, i.e., your degree award will be calculated based on your final two years’ results, normally weighted at 30% and 70% respectively.

I’m a Visiting Student – can I take a Trinity Elective?

  • Depending on your programme of study – visiting students may take up to two Trinity Electives, one per semester. The application process for you takes place in mid-September for Semester 1 visiting students and in January for Semester 2 visiting students.