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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

B.A. (Moderatorship) Human Genetics: Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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

What is Human Genetics?
Human Genetics is the study of genes – or heredity – in humans. It examines the effects of these genes on both individuals and societies. 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 the genomes of humans and other species. A few examples of remarkable advances in knowledge include:

  • The sequencing and analysis of hundreds of thousands of complete human genomes
  • The development of genetic and stem-cell-based therapies for inherited disorders
  • The ability to trace the evolution of humankind using ancient genomics
  • The application of genomics to cancer medicine

Human Genetics: The course for you?
If you are interested in understanding how genetics is central to controlling every cell and its functions including the 10-100 trillion cells in the human body, to directing intricate programmes of development and to causing many different disorders when perturbed, this is the right course for you. If you want to understand how genetic information is driving the development of novel therapies, is enabling the individualisation of medicines targeted towards patients’ needs, is revealing our ancestries and how it underpins evolutionary biology, this is the degree for you.

Human Genetics at Trinity
Human 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 12 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 ancient and modern human population 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 Human Genetics graduates go on to higher degrees (M.Sc. and/or Ph.D.) and take up careers in research in either academia or industry. Opportunities exist in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, 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 Human Genetics degree will put you in high demand.

Your degree and what you’ll study
During third year, students will learn about the fundamentals of Human Genetics through a combination of lecture courses and practical classes. To this end, students will be exposed to different areas of Human Genetics ranging from medical genetics to the genetic programmes underpinning cell biology. Practical classes teach students about key techniques and analysis methods that are widely used in Human Genetics. In fourth year, students can choose, largely depending on their interests, from various lecture courses in different areas of Human Genetics. Students spend 10 to 12 weeks in a laboratory in the Institute and participate in on-going cutting edge research projects. Furthermore students write an in-depth literature review on a current topic in

Third-year
Subjects include: Medical Genetics, Pharmacogenomics, Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology, Neurogenetics Evolutionary Genetics, Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Analytical Genetics Laboratory, Human Genomics Data Handling, Human Genetics tutorials, Human Genetics Review.

Fourth-year
Human Genetics literature review; Human Genetics Capstone research project; Lecture topics including Principles of Human Genetics, Transgenic Animals and Gene Therapy, Genetics and Epigenetics of Cancer, Prion-Like Proteins, Apoptosis, Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Evolution; Genetics and Immunology of Neural Diseases, Human Evolutionary Genetics, Genetics of Neural Development, Behavioural Genetics.

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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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