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What is Medicine?

Medicine is a unique course in that students study a broad range of subjects with the overarching objective of understanding the science and practice of healing. In today’s world, medicine and the practice of healthcare are constantly evolving as new knowledge and therapies emerge to maintain and restore health through the prevention and treatment of illness. Each day brings a new patient with new challenges.

Medicine: The course for you?

The medical programme at Trinity is a challenging but highly rewarding experience. A student wishing to study medicine requires an enquiring mind, the capacity to acquire and maintain high levels of knowledge, the ability to develop effective communication skills in order to respond to the health needs of individuals, families and communities and an interest in improving healthcare at all levels.

Medicine @ Trinity

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, and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2015/16).

The relatively small size of our School allows staff to get to know students individually in a highly supportive educational environment. Student engagement is encouraged from the outset and this provides a firm foundation for a life-time of practice and learning in medicine.

Students of medicine at Trinity will follow a five-year programme. Following graduation you are required to spend one year as an Intern in an approved post 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
  • Clinical contact from the first year of the programme
  • Research module in second year
  • Continuous review and revision of the assessment programme to ensure alignment with the stated outcomes and course content
  • Recognition of the patient as an active partner
  • Prioritisation of personal and professional development
  • Excellent library facilities on the Trinity campus and on both of the major teaching hospital sites.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

As a doctor, you will have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to making a decision about your career. In Ireland, many graduates 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.

Your degree and what you’ll study


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 the first year, small group teaching (12-14 students), lectures and practical demonstrations.

Self-directed learning and use of e-learning are encouraged throughout the course. The majority of the teaching in first and second year takes place at the School of Medicine, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute at the main University campus, with the remainder in the hospital setting. Third year combines the taught course programme and an extensive hospital placement programme in order to advance and integrate clinical skills.


On successful completion of the third year, 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 year 3 modules. The M.Sc. is a one-year full-time programme and the following tracks are currently offered: Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Translational Oncology, Healthcare Infection Management and Immunology. 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.


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 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 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: 


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:

Blackrock Clinic, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Hermitage Medical Clinic, Naas General Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Noble’s Hosital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital (Crumlin), Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services (Harold’s Cross and Blackrock), Peamount Hospital, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and St. Patrick’s University Hospital.


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. Formative assessment and reflective practice are also used to promote the personal development of the student and inform teaching and learning.

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 of the student’s choice at home or abroad. The School has extensive elective links which include Columbia University (New York, NY), Georgetown University (Washington, DC), University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), Northwestern University (Chicago, IL), Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL), National University of Singapore and American University of Beirut Medical Centre.

There is also an opportunity to undertake a one-year Erasmus exchange at the University of Nantes, France during the third medical year.

Intern year

On completion of the medical degree course a doctor must successfully complete training for one year as a resident medical officer/intern in a recognised post 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. Graduates undertaking internship/residency outside of the Republic of Ireland will be required to register and meet the eligibility criteria of the relevant governing body in that jurisdiction.



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What our current students say

Ralph Hurley O’Dwyer

“When I was filling out my CAO form in sixth year I never imagined the range of experiences and opportunities studying Medicine in Trinity would offer me. Medicine in Trinity has given me a broad, stimulating education as well as the chance to get to know people from all over the world.

I was lucky enough to spend an Erasmus year studying Medicine through French in Nantes, France. Having the chance to work in French hospitals and experience life as a French medical student for a year was an incredible opportunity. I hope to use the skills I gained in France in the future in global health work.”

Course Options



M.B. (Bachelor in Medicine), B.Ch. (Bachelor in Surgery) and B.A.O. (Bachelor in Obstetrics)

Number of Places


CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is


Admission Requirements

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Leaving Certificate H3 + H4 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 O3/H6 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 Combinations of subjects not permitted: Physics/Chemistry with Physics or Chemistry Agricultural Science with Biology

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 24 February 2018. Applicants must register for the test at by 20 January 2018. 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 (2016), AS (2017), A-levels (2018)


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EU Applicants

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Medicine, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2018
  • Advanced Entry Applications

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    M.B. (Bachelor in Medicine), B.Ch. (Bachelor in Surgery) and B.A.O. (Bachelor in Obstetrics)

    Number of Places


    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is