Our School

A Vibrant, Diverse Community

As one of Ireland’s leading medical schools, we offer more than 60 undergraduate, graduate, research and professional programmes, delivered by specialist staff across an extensive network of academic and clinical locations.

We are much more than a just a medical school. We are a community of researchers, scientists, clinicians, students and graduates – committed in our dedication to society and determined in our mission to improve the lives and the health of our patients. We teach, research and deliver healthcare in Ireland and across the world. 

Leaders for More than 150 Years

The reach, impact and the scale of the School's ambition continues to expand. We are an internationally recognised provider of healthcare education, with long-established partnerships, links and affiliations with institutions in the United States, Canada, China and Malaysia.

Our graduates, including the President of UCD, a former President of Ireland and the current President of the Medical Council, have reached leadership positions in Ireland and throughout the world. 

Our staff deliver and work continually to improve primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare in Ireland. Together with Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, we have established Ireland's first academic health centre: Dublin Academic Medical Centre (DAMC).  Modelled on international best practice, we aim to link teaching, research and treatment across the three institutions to create an integrated world-class centre of healthcare excellence for the Dublin region.

Excellence in Healthcare Education

The School delivers highly competitive undergraduate courses in Medicine, Physiology, Biomedical Health & Life Sciences and Radiography. At graduate level, we offer more than 35 expert-led courses for healthcare professionals; including radiographers, hospital doctors, GPs, forensic scientists, mental health professionals and healthcare administrators.

Our courses are delivered to more than 1,600 undergraduate and 450 graduate students, but despite the scale of our operations, we place community, friendship and student support at the centre of our educational approach. We are driven not just by the desire to provide our students with the best possible programmes but also by a belief that the health professionals of tomorrow benefit from a supportive, collegial environment, in which extra-curricular talents and interests thrive alongside academic excellence.

Our student population comprises more than 50 nationalities, and international students now account for one-third of the total undergraduate student cohort. This diversity is one of the defining features of life at UCD, and one that enriches the student experience by delivering a truly international campus.

Enquiry, Discovery, Innovation

Research, science and a commitment to enquiry and discovery inform every aspect of the School's mission. We have substantially increased our research activity during the last five years; our 100 investigators generate approximately €7.5 million in annual research income and have grants under management worth more than €75 million.

Our undergraduate students are encouraged to immerse themselves in structured medical research throughout their studies. This approach is consistent with our desire to shape not just world-class healthcare professionals, but also scientific innovators, who will advance the boundaries of medical understanding and contribute to the development of new therapies and treatments for the benefit of our patients.