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Our (opens in a new window)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.

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.

The purpose of this pathway to medicine is to provide an access route to those who have not yet had the opportunity to attend university. Therefore, those without a Level 8 degree will be prioritised.

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 2024, you must have been born on or before 1 January 2001.

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

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.

The (opens in a new window)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 2024.

HPAT-Ireland results can be used for application to a medical school for 1 year, therefore if a candidate takes the test in 2024, the result can be used for admission in 2024 only.

  • HPAT Ireland Online Test Window: 16 February - 25 February 2024.

The test will be conducted online via remote proctoring and test takers will select a day & time that suits them to sit the test.

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

You must meet the following minimum requirements:

Requirement Detail Weighting
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.

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.

HPAT Ireland

Expected minimum HPAT score: 150. 

Note: HPAT Ireland score from 2024 is valid for entry in 2024 only.


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. Any canvassing, or failure to mention a previous degree (of any level) on your CAO form, will automatically disqualify the applicant.

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

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

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

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

Am I EU or non-EU

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

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