UCD Pre-Medical Study Abroad Programme


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The UCD Pre-Medical Study Abroad programme offers courses from both Medicine and Science and has been designed to cater for students who wish to experience the opportunity of studying and living abroad while continuing to prepare for graduate school admission in the health profession fields.


Pre-Medical Subject Choices

Science and Medical courses are available from suitable scientific and health based subject areas including:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Radiography
  • Zoology

An example of the subjects on offer for Pre-Medical students can be found in our Study Abroad Pre-Medical Subject Samples (pdf).
Please note that this is a sample of the most popular modules to assist with module selection and does not represent the complete catologue of modules available. Students can select any modules from the UCD College of Science and selected modules from the UCD College of Health Science. Detailed descriptions on all modules can be found on the UCD Current Students website.


Programme Information

Full year: up to 12 modules
One semester: up to 6 modules 
Average weekly load: 12 lecture hours with associated laboratory classes where appropriate. 

Pre-Medical Study Abroad students may take up to a maximum of two non-Science/non-Medical modules per semester. These modules may be chosen from a number of programmes across the university. Module information can be found via the Course Search on the UCD website.

Please note that while every effort will be made to facilitate student requests, module choice will be subject to space availability and timetable constraints.


Credit Transfer

The home institution decides on credits to be awarded for modules pursued at UCD. We are happy to work with the partner institutions on mapping the curriculum to ensure that students can meet the academic requirements of their home university while enjoying the Study Abroad experience.


Academic Year

Fall Semester: Teaching starts in early September and finishes in early December which will be followed by examinations which may run up to Christmas week. 
Spring Semester: Teaching starts in mid January and finishes at the end of April. A mid-term break of 2 weeks exists in March and exams will be held after the end of semester, usually the end of April or early May.


Support and Facilities

Our Support and Facilities page provides information on some of the services available to you during your Study Abroad experience at UCD.