Medicine (Graduate Entry)

MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

UCD Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) provides an innovative, science-driven and patient-centred curriculum, delivered by world-class educators 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.

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

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What Will I Study

First & Second Year

There are four themes running through the entirety of both our undergraduate and graduate programmes: Evidence based medicine and research; Clinical competencies and preparedness for practice; Professional medical practice; and Healthcare systems, quality and patient safety.

In the first trimester, you’ll take a series of modules that introduce the application of medical science to the study of biological systems and disease. You’ll also learn the clinical skills needed for the rest of the programme. The remainder of the first two years integrates the medical science disciplines, while gradually expanding your professional capabilities in a clinical environment.

Third & Fourth Year
In the final two years, hospital and community placements with structured clinical education complete your degree. During your clinical training, you’ll participate in a series of specialist rotations, including medicine, surgery, psychiatry, obstetrics and paediatrics. Finally, you will undertake our acclaimed Professional Completion module to integrate your knowledge and prepare you for life as an intern.

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International Study Opportunities

Our international network offers students exciting opportunities to gain experience overseas. Scholarships are available to support elective periods in clinical and academic centres all over the world.

Career & Graduate Study 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 diverse settings, including hospitals and primary care facilities, or laboratory-based diagnosis and research.

Opportunities for Research
Each year, approximately 100 Medicine students undertake an 8-week supervised laboratory, clinical or medical education projects in Ireland or at one of our partner institutions in the Student Summer Research programme. The programme brings to life our commitment to foster in our students a passion for enquiry, discovery and investigative research.



“I wanted to work clinically, I applied for Graduate Entry Medicine. I knew the facilities and academic staff in UCD were excellent, so I put UCD GEM as my number one. The GEM programme is a compact but comprehensive course and is open to students from all backgrounds; many of my class came from non-science degrees. The School of Medicine’s unparalleled alumni network provides unique opportunities for international studies in both Lab Research and Clinical electives. Over two successive summers, I won scholarships offered by the School to carry out research in the University of Pennsylvania and a clinical elective in Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia. This programme is very sociable, and I have made friends for life.”

Dr Naomi Smith, Graduate

Contact Information

UCD School of Medicine, Office C134, 1st Floor Health Sciences Centre Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6686

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