Our Medicine curriculum is patient-centred and continually adapts to the needs of society and developments in medical knowledge. You’ll learn from world-class educators and patients in state-of-the art facilities.

The main hospitals associated with our programme are St Vincent’s University Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. In addition there are more than 20 other training hospitals and more than 100 primary care practices that facilitate your learning. You will also benefit from a diverse range of exciting international placement opportunities.

From 2019, applications will only be considered from applicants who have successfully completed the UCD Access to Science, Engineering & Agriculture course.

N.B. Applicants who have previously been unsuccessful in any Medicine programme will not normally be accepted onto a Medicine programme in UCD.


How old do I have to be?

If you are at least 23 years of age on 1 January of the year you want to enter, you can apply on grounds of mature years.

To enter in September 2021, you must have been born on or before 1 January 1998.


What is the closing date?

Apply by 1 February 2021. Late applications will not be considered on grounds of mature years.


How do I apply?

EU applicants* apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO) for:

DN400 Medicine


What documents do I need to send to CAO?

You must post the following documentation to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway:

  • Results, Certificates or other evidence of any qualifications that you have mentioned in your online CAO application. 

Remember to include your CAO application number on all supporting documents that you send to CAO.

Please note that documents should be with CAO no later than 15 February. Documents received after this date may not be available to us in time for assessment.


What is HPAT-Ireland

The HPAT-Ireland score is a mandatory criterion to be used as part of the selection process. The assessment is designed to allow you to demonstrate your logical reasoning and problem solving skills as well as non-verbal reasoning and the ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people and will last a minimum of 2½ hours. You must register for HPAT Ireland by 20 January 2021.

HPAT-Ireland results can be used for application to a medical school for 1 year, therefore if a candidate takes the test in 2021, the result can be used for admission in 2021 only.

  • HPAT Ireland Assessment: the test will be online and will take place on the weekend of 20-21 February 2021.

Please ensure that you read the HPAT-Ireland information carefully before making your application.


How will my application be assessed?

You must meet the following minimum requirements:

RequirementDetailWeighting
UCD Access to Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science and Medicine (SEAM)
  • Minimum final overall GPA: 3.08
  • Minimum Grade A- in the module ‘Introduction to Chemistry, Physics & Biology’

Note: UCD Access results are valid for 2 years only i.e. only results attained this year and last year will be automatically considered. Older results may be considered if places remain after all eligible applicants with current results have been considered.

50%
Learning Journal:
(750 words)

You will be invited to submit a 750 word Learning Journal detailing your reflections of your learning on the UCD Access course.

The Learning Journal will explore your understanding, perception, commitment to study and ideas about your progression route to a six year undergraduate Medicine degree programme.

20% 
HPAT Ireland

Expected minimum HPAT score: 150. 

Note: HPAT Ireland score from 2021 is valid for entry in 2021 only.

30%

Places will be allocated on a competitive basis. All applicants who meet the minimum requirements above will be ranked on a total score which is weighted as shown above.


Is there an interview?

No. The offers for Medicine are made on the basis of the total ranked score as outlined above.


When will I know the decision on my application?

Assessment of mature applications will take place when the Access results are known in late June.

Official offers will issue via CAO in early July and must be accepted within a week.


Do you already have a degree?

There is also a Graduate Entry pathway to this programme. For details see the Information on DN401 Graduate Entry Medicine.


* Non-EU applicants apply via www.ucd.ie/global

If you are unsure if you are EU or Non-EU please see www.ucd.ie/fees