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 at Trinity
Founded in 1711, the School of Medicine at Trinity has played a central role in the golden age of Irish medicine and is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2020).
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.
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
First, second and third years
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 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 clinical placements programme in order to advance and integrate clinical skills.
Medical moderatorship and intercalated M.Sc. in biomedical sciences
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.
Fourth and fifth years
During these two years 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.
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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: Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Hermitage Medical Clinic, Naas General Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Noble’s Hospital, 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.
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.
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.
Study Medicine at Trinity College Dublin
This is a presentation by Prof Joe Harbison giving an outline of the Medicine Course in Trinity College Dublin.
AwardsM.B. (Bachelor in Medicine), B.Ch. (Bachelor in Surgery) and B.A.O. (Bachelor in Obstetrics) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)
CAO InformationCAO Points 741 (2022) CAO Code TR051
Number of Places126 Places
Special entry requirements
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 O4/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
International Baccalaureate: HL Grade 5 + 6 in two of physics, chemistry or biology
If you do not have a qualification in physics you must present mathematics at IB SL grade 5
Combinations of subjects not permitted:
Agricultural science with biology
Vaccination requirements with regard to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis.
Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting.
Note: Students will need to purchase a stethoscope (€60+), while students on placements outside Dublin will have additional travel and accommodation costs.
Non-EU applicants should read the information below BEFORE submitting an application direct to Trinity College.
Students from North America should not apply direct to Trinity College but should submit their application via the Atlantic Bridge Program at https://www.atlanticbridge.com/
Students from Singapore should not apply direct to Trinity College but should submit their application via IUMC Singapore at http://www.iumc.com.sg/index.php
Students from other Asian countries
Students from Asian countries (excluding Singapore) should not apply direct to Trinity College but should submit their application via IUMC Malaysia at https://www.iumcireland.com/
All other Non-EU applicants should apply direct to Trinity College Dublin by clicking on the Non-EU Apply Link below
Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see https://www.tcd.ie/students/orientation/undergraduates/garda-vetting.php for further details.
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Advanced Entry Applications
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What our students say
"Trinity’s School of Medicine provides an immediate exposure to facilities and opportunities, central to one’s path to their medical degree. I found my first year to be one of good community, in a state of the art Medical Institution, mixed in with a welcome into the rich history of Ireland’s oldest University. The staff are keen to share their expertise and their eagerness to help in any capacity was a welcome surprise."