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Genetics & Microbiology - Research

The School of Genetics and Microbiology comprises the Smurfit Institute of Genetics and the Moyne Institute for Preventative Medicine. The School is characterised by its vibrant teaching and progressive research programme. The School has 23 Principal Investigators with active research programmes funded from Irish, EU and other international funding agencies.

Department of Microbiology
Telephone: +353-1-896 1190
Email: microbiology@tcd.ie
Internet: www.tcd.ie/Microbiology

Research in Microbiology is focused on infection biology, preventive medicine, prokaryotic gene regulation, the flow of genetic information, genome composition and structure in yeasts, yeast biotechnology and virus evolution.

Research groups are housed in the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, a building funded by the Normanby Trust. It is well equipped to support state-of-the-art research in modern molecular and cellular microbiology. There are currently eight members of academic staff

Department of Genetics
Telephone: +353-1-608 1140
Email: genetics@tcd.ie
Internet:www.tcd.it/Genetics

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 Genetics and Microbiology
•Head of School: Professor Dan Bradley
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Professor Matthew Campbell

Department of Microbiology
Telephone: +353-1-896 1190
Email: microbiology@tcd.ie
Internet: www.tcd.ie/Microbiology

Department of Genetics
Telephone: +353-1-896 1140
Email: genetics@tcd.ie
Internet: www.tcd.ie/Genetics

Comment

Applicants wishing to apply for retrospective admission to the previous March or September register should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions

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 Genetics and Microbiology comprises the Smurfit Institute of Genetics and the Moyne Institute for Preventative Medicine. The School is characterised by its vibrant teaching and progressive research programme. The School has 23 Principal Investigators with active research programmes funded from Irish, EU and other international funding agencies.

Department of Microbiology
Telephone: +353-1-896 1190
Email: microbiology@tcd.ie
Internet: www.tcd.ie/Microbiology

Research in Microbiology is focused on infection biology, preventive medicine, prokaryotic gene regulation, the flow of genetic information, genome composition and structure in yeasts, yeast biotechnology and virus evolution.

Research groups are housed in the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, a building funded by the Normanby Trust. It is well equipped to support state-of-the-art research in modern molecular and cellular microbiology. There are currently eight members of academic staff

Department of Genetics
Telephone: +353-1-896 1140
Email: genetics@tcd.ie
Internet: www.tcd.ie/Genetics

Research in the Department of Genetics covers a wide variety of themes ranging from molecular control of cell death in cancer and immunity, the genetics of blindness, genome and protein evolution, brain wiring, genetic engineering of plants, gene expression in cancer, the genetic history of the Irish, and bacterial genetics. Research groups are housed in The Smurfit Institute, a modern purpose-built institute that offers superb facilities to conduct research. Work from research groups within the Smurfit Institute of Genetics is regularly published in prestigious international journals and several of our research groups are acknowledged as leading experts in their fields. There are currently 15 members of academic staff, 45 postgraduate students and 35 post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Genetics.

Students who wish to apply to study for a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in the School should initially contact the academic staff member working in the area of interest. Contact details for all of our academic staff can be found on the websites above.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Genetics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Genetics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Microbiology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Microbiology (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Genetics (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Genetics (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Microbiology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Microbiology (Full-Time)

September 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Genetics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Genetics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Microbiology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Microbiology (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Genetics (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Genetics (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Microbiology (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Microbiology (Full-Time)

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