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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

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

Head of School: Professor Charles Dorman
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):
Professor Seamus Joseph Martin

Email: scgenmic@tcd.ie

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.

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

Research areas

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 2018 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 2018 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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