Biochemistry & Immunology - Research

School Description:
The School of Biochemistry and Immunology has as its focus research into protein structure and function, effects of genetic polymorphism on metabolism, neuroscience, cancer biology, bioenergetics, molecular enzymology, cell and molecular biology, cellular and molecular immunology, innate immunity and inflammation, immunomodulation and molecular parasitology. The School currently holds significant research grants for national and international funding agencies. In addition, the School is equipped to a very high standard and has in-house core facilities for flow cytometry, cell imaging, molecular graphics and protein X-ray crystallography. We are well equipped with sophisticated spectroscopy instruments including double beam and stopped-flow spectrophotometers, as well as stopped-flow fluorimetry and stopped-flow CD. In partnership with the School of Chemistry we operate a 600MHz nmr spectrometer with a cryoprobe attachment to allow structural protein nmr studies. We have recently installed a new bio/chemical hazards suite.

The School of Biochemistry and Immunology (SBI) is located in the new Biomedical Sciences Institute on Pearse Street adjacent to the main Trinity campus. The School collaborates internationally on a large scale and has links to the Irish and International Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sectors. Information on specific research projects, studentships and current vacancies can be found on the Schools website.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:
• at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
• a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees
All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor's role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

School of Biochemistry and Immunology
• Head of School: Prof. Ed Lavelle
• Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Dr. Rachel McLoughlin
• Telephone: +353-1-896 1608
• Fax: +353-1-677 2400
• Email: David O'Beirne (
• Url:

Application date

Research Applications
No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

Prior To Submitting An Electronic Application, All Applicants Should Ensure That They Have Met The Specific Programme Requirements Laid Down By Trinity Business School.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing

Research areas

Current graduate degrees offered are PhD in Biochemistry (research), PhD in Immunology (research), and an MSc in Immunology. Regarding the research PhDs, suitably qualified and interested graduates are required to first contact prospective supervisors directly at the school to consider possible project options. Students on the Ph.D. register must complete a progress report consisting of a written report and research presentation, normally after 18 months. Postgraduate students will also be encouraged to give oral research presentations throughout the course of their studies. It is expected that a graduate should gain their Ph.D. within 4 years.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Biochemistry (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Biochemistry (Full-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Immunology (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Immunology (Full-Time)
• Master in Science, Immunology (Part-Time)
• Master in Science, Immunology (Full-Time)

September 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Biochemistry (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Biochemistry (Full-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Immunology (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Immunology (Full-Time)
• Master in Science, Immunology (Part-Time)
• Master in Science, Immunology (Full-Time)

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