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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

B.A. (Moderatorship) Immunology: Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Immunology
Students who wish to study Immunology apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (TR060) and may select Immunology as their specialist area for the third and fourth years at the end of the second year.

What is Immunology?
Immunology is the study of the immune system. The immune system has evolved to protect our bodies against infection and cancer and involves the co-ordinated activities of specialised cells, molecules and genes to orchestrate an immune response.

Immunology is one of the most rapidly growing research areas in biology and has been shown to have a fundamental role in almost all disease states. Understanding how the immune system works has led to the development of new therapeutics, e.g. antibodies, for the specific treatment of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, we can now harness the immune system such that it can help to fight against infection and cancer. Many pharmaceutical companies have substantial immunology programmes.

Immunology: The course for you?
If you want to understand how the immune system works, how its failures lead to disease and how we can use our knowledge to design new therapies for infection, cancer and a range of other diseases, this is the course for you. Trinity is not only the leading centre for immunology in Ireland but it is recognised around the world for its high level of research excellence. Graduating with an Immunology degree puts students in an excellent and competitive position for their future career. Immunology is a dynamic and rapidly expanding subject and this degree provides excellent training from world class researchers and lecturers to enable students to successfully pursue a career in immunology.

Immunology at Trinity
Trinity is currently the only university that offers an undergraduate degree in Immunology in Ireland. Third and fourth year students will be based in the new state of the art Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) on Pearse Street. Our students have the opportunity to study abroad for third year and there are also some internship opportunities, in Ireland and abroad.

Graduate skills and career opportunities
Graduates follow a range of different career pathways. Many of our students are recruited into PhD positions either here or abroad in order to pursue a research based career in the university, medical (hospital based research), or industrial sectors. Some of these are specifically within the area of immunology but other students diversify and use their immunology to branch into other areas. Some graduates go straight into lab based positions as immunologists and these can be in academic, hospital or industrial laboratories, e.g. Pfizer. Other students decide to use their scientific background for non-lab based careers, e.g. science communication and journalism, or science outreach. Some graduates have gone into research support positions, while others have gone on to get a business qualification or law qualification to enable them to be competitive in a business/commercial setting.

Your degree and what you’ll study
Students will learn about all aspects of immunology: from the cells and molecules of the immune system and how they carry out their jobs in particular diseases, through to what happens when the immune system goes wrong and actually starts to attack our own bodies, as seen in autoimmune diseases. In order to fully understand the immune system, students will also cover important aspects of biochemistry, genetics and microbiology. One exciting aspect of this degree is that undergraduates experience real research as they undertake a final year Capstone project in a research laboratory in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology.

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 60

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Year

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Class XII – ISC, CBSE
  • 80-90% in six subjects at XII depending on course (or 5 at Grade XII and 1 at Grade X) Mathematics up to Grade X

International Baccalaureate

  • 3 subjects at Grade 5 (Higher Level)
  • 3 subjects at Grade 4 (Standard Level),
  • including English & Maths
  • 32 to 40 points, depending on course

A-levels

  • 4 A2 or best 3 A2 plus one AS
  • Pass in English & Maths
  • *75% or above / HL Mathematics required
  • at Class XII level for Computer Science,Engineering, Science and Mathematics courses

*Additional requirements may apply for some courses

  • English Language Proficienc Test
  • IELTS - 6.5 (No individual band below 6)
  • TOEFL - 90 (Written score 21)
  • PTE Score -63 (No section below 59)

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