Medicine

A Life Less Ordinary

From your first day in the dissection lab to the start of your clinical training, student life at UCD Medicine is a stimulating, diverse and vibrant experience. When you choose Medicine at UCD, you choose early patient contact, a world-class curriculum and an unrivalled calendar of social and extra-curricular activities.

We believe passionately in training doctors who see the world through the eyes of the patient, and you will interact with and learn from patients throughout your time at UCD. You’ll shadow GPs, learn from patient educators and train at Ireland’s most extensive network of teaching hospitals.

Course Features

  • Modern, modularised curriculum
  • Early and continual patient contact
  • Multiple opportunities to travel
  • Ireland's most extensive clinical network
  • Taught by internationally renowned experts

Course Overview

Stimulating, Diverse, Vibrant

From your first day in the dissection lab to the start of your clinical training, student life at UCD School of Medicine is a stimulating, diverse and vibrant experience. When you choose Medicine at UCD, you choose early patient contact, a world-class curriculum and an unrivalled calendar of social and extra-curricular activities.

At UCD, we’ve been training the best and the brightest for more than 150 years. Our curriculum is intensive, internationally recognised and delivered by some of Ireland’s best scientists and clinical educators.

Bringing Science to the Bedside

We’ll make you a scientist. We’ll teach you about how the body works, how and why things go wrong and how to treat and manage disease and ill health. We believe passionately in training doctors who see the world through the eyes of the patient, and you’ll interact with patients throughout your time at UCD. You’ll shadow GPs, learn from patient educators and train at Ireland’s best network of teaching hospitals.

Extensive Clinical Network

The main hospitals associated with the programme are St Vincent’s University Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and there are more than 20 other training hospitals and some 100 primary care practices in which students learn. You will also benefit from a diverse range of exciting international placement opportunities.

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Learning Environment

Academic Environment & Clinical Training

Our students experience a modern multi-disciplinary academic environment and a clinical training network that extends well beyond the boundaries of the UCD Belfield campus.

Our medicine and radiography students have access to:

  1. A primary care network comprising more than 140 affiliated GP practices
  2. A nation-wide Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Training Network

Our Clinical Training Partners

For more than 150 years, the School and its programmes have been shaped by our clinical partners, who together create Ireland's most extensive and specialist clinical training network.

Our teaching programmes are delivered by individual clinicians practising in acute, maternity, paediatric and specialist hospitals, and in the community. The School is indebted to the many individual consultants, primary care physicians and radiography service managers who make their facilities available to our students and who provide vital supervised experiential learning opportunities.

Opportunities to Travel

International Electives

Each year, many of our students compete for highly-prized international summer elective opportunities at locations all over the world. A long-established feature of our undergraduate programmes, clinical and research electives allow students to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues and themes relevant to their study of medicine. They experience a different healthcare system and get to work in many of the world's top medical centres including, but not limited to:

Medical Student Overseas Relief

Medical Students Overseas Relief (MSOR) is a voluntary society run by UCD medical students to raise funds for hospitals and clinics in the developing world. Every summer since 1974, UCD medical students have travelled to third world countries to assist, voluntarily, in humanitarian medical work. Over the past 37 years, UCD students have gone to over 30 different developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

This charitable organisation aims to bring aid to underfunded healthcare institutions in developing countries. This aid is in the form of vital drugs, essential surgical and life-saving equipment, monetary donation and the voluntary work of the medical students. One of the core principles of MSOR is its policy on fund raising - all students must pay for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Hence every penny raised by MSOR goes directly to the hospital and those who need it most.

To find out more about MSOR, see here.

Meet our Students

Comprising more than 2,000 full-time enrollments and representing 30 different nationalities, our large and culturally diverse student community is the heartbeat of the School. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the School have achieved worldwide recognition in clinical practice, research and healthcare leadership. Upon graduation, you must complete one year as an intern to gain full registration with the Irish Medical Council.

You may then pursue training towards a career in a wide variety of specialties, in a diversity of settings, including hospitals and primary care facilities, or laboratory-based diagnosis and research.

Admissions

Irish/EU Applicants

Irish/EU Applicants will be required to apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO) system and will be required to present their State or International School Leaving Examination plus the Health Professionals Admissions Test (HPAT).  For information pertaining to CAO, HPAT and Admissions, please visit myUCD.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU Applicants will be required to apply directly to UCD International Admissions and will be required to present their relevant School Leaving Examination results (e.g. ACT, SAT, etc), two letters of reference and a short personal statement.

 

Please see UCD Admissions for full application detail.

Medicine at UCD - Meet our Students