A Life Less Ordinary

UCD Medicine Graduate Entry (GEM) provides an innovative, science-driven and patient-centred curriculum, delivered by world-class educators in state-of-the-art facilities. Learning methods include lectures, small group sessions, practicals and enquiry-based learning in the classroom and at the bedside.

This intensive, focused course is designed for students with an undergraduate degree who wish to pursue a career in medicine.

Course Features

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

Demanding, Stimulating, Intensive

From your first day in the dissection lab to the start of your clinical training, the Graduate Entry to Medicine programme at UCD is a demanding, stimulating and intensive experience. When you choose Medicine at UCD, you choose early patient contact, a world-class curriculum and a programme that is commended nationally and globally.

At UCD, we’ve been training the best and the brightest for more than 165 years. Our curriculum is intensive, internationally recognised and delivered by some of Ireland’s best scientists and clinical educators.

Immersive Educational Experience

In the first semester, you will take a series of modules that introduce you to the application of medical science to the study of biological systems and disease. In addition, you will learn clinical skills designed to prepare you for the remainder of the programme. The remainder of the first two years will involve integration of knowledge across the medical science disciplines, while gradually expanding your professional capabilities in a clinical environment.

In the final two stages you will be fully immersed in our clinical network.

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 our students learn. You will also benefit from a diverse range of international placement opportunities.

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:

  • Ireland's largest and friendliest University campus
  • Ireland’s first academic medical centre involving two of Dublin's leading acute hospitals
  • A network of over twenty acute, general and specialist hospitals across the country
  • A global campus supported by our alumni and international partners

Education that is delivered in the Community through:

  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 165 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.

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 fundraising - 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.

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. 

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.

Irish/EU Applicants

Irish/EU Applicants will be required to apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO) system and have a minimum grade of second-class honours, grade 1 (2.1) in first Honours Bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8) plus the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) at the published score for the year of entry. The degree can be in any discipline. For information pertaining to CAO, GAMSAT and Admissions, please visit: https://www.ucd.ie/registry/prospectivestudents/admissions/undergraduateapplicants/alternativeentryroutes/graduateentrypathways/medicine/

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU Applicants will be required to apply directly to  UCD International Admissions and have a minimum grade of second-class honours, grade 1 (2.1) in first Honours Bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8), two letters of reference and a short personal statement. 

Additionally, all applicants are required to submit a current GAMSAT or MCAT score (as an indication, minimum scores required to be eligible to be considered on a competitive basis for entry in September 2022 were 57 for the GAMSAT and 503 for the MCAT).

Programme Requirements

Students must fulfil a number of specific programme requirements in addition to meeting academic criteria for admission.

These are as follows:

  • Health Screening
  • Garda Vetting
  • Commitment to Ethical & Professional Conduct including Confidentiality
  • Requirements for Participation in Clinical Education

For more detailed advice, refer to our Programme Requirements.

Key Information:

  • CAO Code DN401
  • CAO GAMSAT Score Range 2023 - 58*
  • Duration 4 Years
  • CAO Places 77

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