Top

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

Applicants must normally have an excellent primary degree, and / or professional qualification, in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution. In addition, PhD applicants should have an excellent Masters degree from a reputable institution. All applicants must have a fluent command of the English language. Since the demand for places is extremely high, these minimum requirements do not guarantee admission. Preference is given to the strongest academic applicants.

Further enquiries

School of Biochemistry and Immunology
•Head of School: Prof. Ed Lavelle
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Dr. Nigel Stevenson
•Telephone: +353-1-896 1608
•Fax: +353-1-677 2400
•Email: biochem@tcd.ie
•Url: www.tcd.ie/Biochemistry/

Comment

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.admissions@tcd.ie

Application date

Before You Apply

You are encouraged to read carefully the wide range of information about pursuing a higher degree by research at Trinity College Dublin provided by the Graduate Studies Office. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the specific regulations relating to higher degrees by research set out in the Trinity College Calendar Part III.

It is important to be aware that preference is generally given to students who want to work in areas of research in which a potential supervisor has an existing research interest. Please review the information on finding a supervisor and the research interests of our supervising faculty members.

When to Apply

You may apply at any point between the application being opened in the autumn and the closing deadline of 30th June. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as supervisor capacity may be limited.

If you intend to study full-time and also intend applying for either Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships or Postgraduate Studentships you are required to submit your formal application for the Doctoral Programme no later than 30th April. These awards are highly competitive and you are advised to start preparing a high-quality application well in advance of this deadline.

If you envisage that your research will involve the collection and analysis of larger amounts of quantitative data you may wish to enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. The closing date to apply for this course is 30th June.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via our online application system. Go the the 'Application Weblink' below to choose the relevant degree and submit an application:

Please ensure that you provide all the documents required when making your online application. This must include:

•Two academic references;

•Academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body;

•A certified copy of degree certificate(s);

•A certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS);

•Your research proposal

Applicants who have already been successful during a research grant interview or screening process (e.g. IRCSET, IRCHSS, Funded Research Positions, etc.) should provide relevant details as part of the application process. The online application process is mandatory even if your funding has been secured.

There is an online application fee of €55.

If you encounter difficulties in filing the relevant documentation you should direct your query to the Research Admissions Office . Please note that applications that are deemed incomplete due to the absence of key supporting documents will not proceed to the Doctoral Programme Committee for review.

Once you have submitted an online application you will be sent an acknowledgement email to the email address you provided when setting up your user account on the application system. The applicant portal will allow you to send and receive communications in respect of your application to Trinity College Dublin. You will be able to track the progress of your application at every stage of the admissions process, update your personal information, view decisions made on your application(s) and accept any offers you receive. For further information see: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Research areas

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, infection and immunity, molecular parasitology and immunometabolism. 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 School's website

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 2020 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, Biochemistry (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Biochemistry (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Immunology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Immunology (Full-Time)

September 2020 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, Biochemistry (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Biochemistry (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Immunology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Immunology (Full-Time)

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!