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  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR051
  • No. of Places: 123
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 748* points
  • Duration: 5 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: M.B. (Bachelor in Medicine), B.Ch. (Bachelor in Surgery) and B.A.O. (Bachelor in Obstetrics)
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Restricted Entry: This is a restricted entry course.

    Applications must be submitted to the CAO by 1 February of the proposed year of entry. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 480 points and meet the minimum entry and course specific requirements in the same sitting* of the Leaving Certificate examination. In addition, all applicants will be required to sit the admissions test (HPAT - Ireland) which is scheduled for 28 February 2015. Applicants must register for the test at by 20 January 2015. Further details on the selection criteria are available in the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine brochure and from the Academic Registry: +353 1 896 4500. Applicants should note that application for Medicine must be made online at

    * A-level applicants must satisfy minimum entry and course specific requirements within three consecutive years, e.g. GCSE (2013), AS (2014), A-levels (2015)


  • How to apply: See how to apply

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Why study Medicine at Trinity College?

The School of Medicine at Trinity was founded in 1711 and has played a central role in the golden age of Irish medicine. Today it is an international leader in biomedical research and education.

Students of medicine at Trinity will follow a five-year programme leading to the degrees of Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery and Bachelor in Obstetrics. Following graduation you are required to spend one year as an Intern in an approved hospital(s) before becoming a fully registered medical practitioner.

The major characteristics of medicine at Trinity are:

  • Integration of scientific and clinical material and delivery in context
  • Facilitation of active learning and a deep strategic approach
  • Early and comprehensive development of technical and interpersonal skills
  • Clinical contact from year 1 of the programme
  • Research module in year 2
  • Defined programme of clinical rotations
  • Continuous review and revision of the assessment programme to ensure alignment with the stated outcomes and course content
  • Promotion of multiple assessment formats including continuous assessment
  • Recognition of the patient as an active partner
  • Prioritisation of personal and professional development

Teaching hospitals

Trinity's two main general teaching hospitals, St. James's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital, are up-to-date tertiary level hospitals. They have several specialist units. Specialist affiliated hospitals include:

Bloomfield Care Centre, Central Mental Hospital (Dundrum), Children’s University Hospital (Temple Street), Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Hermitage Medical Clinic, Naas General Hospital, National Maternity Hospital (Holles Street), National Rehabilitation Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital (Crumlin), Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services (Harolds Cross and Blackrock), Peamount Hospital, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, St Edmundsbury Hospital, St. Patrick’s University Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital (Fairview).

Is this the right course for you?

The medical programme at Trinity is a challenging but highly rewarding experience. The academic requirements are high and there will be considerable demands on your time. As medicine is ultimately about the care of people, you will also need to feel comfortable in a people-oriented environment where teamwork will be equally as valuable as your individual contribution.

Course content

Curricular Structure


Year 1

Humanity, health and the environment


Years 2 and 3

Molecular medicine, Neuroscience, Clinical skills and mechanisms of disease


Years 4 and 5

Patient-centred, Evidence-based medical practice and Professional development

Years 1, 2 and 3

Students study the biomedical sciences to create an understanding of the knowledge underlying medicine and begin clinical science in the first term through the Family case study. Teaching is a combination of Problem Based Learning (PBL) in Year 1, small group teaching, lectures and practical demonstrations. Self-directed learning and use of e-learning are encouraged throughout the course. The majority of the teaching in years 1 and 2 takes place at the School of Medicine, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute at the main University campus, with the remainder in the hospital setting. Year 3 combines the taught course programme and an extensive hospital placement programme in order to advance and integrate clinical skills.

Medical Moderatorship and Intercalated M.Sc. in Biomedical sciences

After completing year 3 successfully, you may be permitted to take a year out from the medical course to undertake a moderatorship in science in an approved subject. This is subject to the availability of places and the agreement of the head of department concerned. An Intercalated M.Sc. in Biomedical sciences is also available to medical students who successfully gain a 1st or 2:1 in third-year modules. The M.Sc. is a one-year full-time programme. The subjects undertaken are molecular medicine, neuroscience and bioengineering. Both courses offer students the opportunity to gain experience in scientific research if you are interested in the possibility of a career in academic medicine.

Years 4 and 5

During these two years the emphasis is on continuous enhancement of the skills and attitudes acquired in the first three years of the course. There is, of course, acquisition of important new knowledge and most of this is achieved through interaction with a wide range of consultants and mentors both on the wards and at various hospital conferences. The undergraduate student becomes an integrated member of each team to which he/she is attached and is expected to participate fully in all aspects of that team’s activities. This expectation will inevitably involve some early morning and late evening work. The duration of team attachments vary from two weeks to two months so that each student is exposed to a wide range of general and specialist areas. There are excellent library facilities available on both of the major teaching hospital sites. There is a range of special structured tutorials included in the final year to ensure comprehensive cover of important areas for all students.

The majority of hospital attachments take place in St. James's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital, Dublin; however, some training also takes place in regional hospitals around Ireland, in hospitals dedicated to particular areas of medicine and in general practices associated with the School.

Further detailed information in relation to the curriculum is available at:

Study abroad

The School of Medicine has a strong international network and students have the opportunity to gain experience overseas as part of the electives programme. Students are required to complete clinical electives totalling 12 weeks by the final medical year and these can be undertaken in a hospital, clinic or research laboratory at home or abroad. The School has many elective links which include Columbia University (New York, NY), Georgetown University (Washington, DC), University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and Northwestern University (Chicago, IL), Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL) and National University of Singapore. There is also an opportunity to undertake a one-year Erasmus exchange at the University of Nantes, France during the third medical year.


The assessment structure is wide and varied and includes in-course assessment of practical and clinical skills, as well as case studies, research projects, formal written and oral examinations and objective structured clinical examinations.

Intern year

On completion of the medical degree course a doctor must spend one year as a resident medical officer/intern at a hospital or hospitals recognised for the purpose before being eligible for full registration with the Irish Medical Council. A national application and matching process is in place for Intern posts in Ireland. This is currently managed by the HSE. Students undertaking internship/residency outside of the Republic of Ireland will be required to register with the relevant governing body in that jurisdiction.

Career opportunities

As a doctor, you will have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to making a decision about your career. Most people wait until their year as an intern is complete before committing to one area over another. Some then enter general practice, while many more continue their training as a general physician or surgeon, or in a related specialist field. Alternatively, you might, as others have done, prefer to work in an area such as hospital management, or make research your priority by opting for a career in academic medicine.

Further information

Medical School Office

Trinity College Dublin

Tel: +353 1 896 1075


Did you know?

  • Trinity is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Medicine (by the QS World University Rankings 2014).


Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHB3 + HC3 In two of physics, chemistry, biology, physics/chemistry or agricultural science
If you do not have a qualification in physics you must present mathematics at OC3/HD3 or better
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade B + Grade C In two of physics, chemistry or biology
If you do not have a qualification in physics you must present GCSE mathematics at grade B or better

Student Profile

James Nolan

"There are many reasons why I chose to study Medicine. I always enjoyed science in school and had a few different courses in mind, but ultimately decided that Medicine was for me because the course is extremely challenging and broad, career opportunities are varied and often plenty and because I admired the central position of medical practitioners in the community and society as a whole.

Clinical exposure begins in first year with visits to families with a new-born baby and most of your time in the final three years of five is spent in hospitals building up clinical competence.

There is such a great mixture of people in my class - people from all over the world with different experiences and points of view, which can be really interesting. Med Ball and Med Day (an annual event to raise money for projects funded by our teaching hospitals) are great opportunities to get to know students from other years and having fundraised with MOVE (a charity run by students in the Third Medical Year), I have just returned from a medical elective in a rural hospital in Malawi. Medical students are privileged to have such opportunities".