MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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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 120 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.
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, 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.
Learning methods include lectures, small group sessions, practicals and enquiry-based learning in the classroom and at the bedside.
Opportunities for Research
Each year, approximately 100 Medicine students undertake an eight-week supervised laboratory, clinical or medical education project 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.
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.
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.
“This was the perfect opportunity for me to transition from a career in consulting to a career in medicine. The clinical placements and comprehensive curriculum have provided me with invaluable hands-on experience in the best teaching hospitals in the country. I have also had the opportunity to complete clinical electives at top sites in the US. A variety of extracurricular opportunities, including research projects and summer schools, broadened my medical knowledge and developed my skills as a physician. The supportive faculty and collaborative student community have been integral to my positive experience as a student. I am excited for my future career in medicine.”
Conor Kennedy, Student
UCD School of Medicine,
1st Floor Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6686