Applying for a MD degree

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D./M.Ch/M.A.O) degree presents an opportunity for practicing medical professionals to undertake original postgraduate research. It is provided to encourage the development of advanced research skills in medical graduates and the medical profession, and is adapted to the particular circumstances of advanced professional training in that profession. The primary purpose of the M.D. degree is to develop skills and competencies required to conduct effective research and to make a significant contribution to new knowledge and understanding in the theory and/or practice of any area of medicine.

Eligibility criteria:
Candidates for the M.D. degree must be M.B. graduates (or acceptable equivalent) of at least 3 years standing. A candidate must either be a graduate of the University of Dublin or have been normally, for at least one year prior to submission a full- time or part- time member of staff of the College, or a formally appointed researcher of the College or have been engaged in clinical practice/ training in one of the teaching hospitals with which the College has a formal association.

Selection process:
The prospective candidate in conjunction with their identified supervisor should prepare a research proposal for their M.D. degree and submit it at time of application.

The student while registered will be expected to:

  • Be registered for a minimum of one year
  • Complete the degree within three years
  • Complete at least one module which provides 5 ECTS credits
  • A progress report will be required annually submitted to the Director of Postgraduate Teaching & Learning

Registration deadline:
Two registration deadlines of 31st January and 31st July each year are set.

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