Medicine (Graduate Entry)

Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN401
CAO Points Range 2017: GAMSAT Score Range 2016 - 59 - 72
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 77

Leaving Certificate:

Minimum grade of second-class honours, grade 1 (2.1) in first Honours Bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8). The degree can be in any discipline. All applicants will be required to submit a current GAMSAT score. Places are awarded via the CAO on the basis of GAMSAT scores. Although only graduates are eligible to apply for this programme, the graduate Medicine degree is equivalent in standard to the undergraduate Medicine degree.


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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.

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.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year
In the first semester, 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’ll 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 enquirybased learning in the classroom and at the bedside

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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.


“My time at UCD has been both academically stimulating and personally rewarding. From student research competitions, to Hospitals Rugby and more, the University, and the Graduate Entry Medicine programme in particular, caters for all interests. Entering clinical years has allowed me to focus my career goals and gain a true appreciation for a patient-centred approach to medicine. There is a real sense of camaraderie among my classmates and their support and that of the faculty is tremendous. I look forward to my upcoming summer electives in North America, and then my return to UCD for my final year. I’m delighted to say that my experience has been nothing but positive and I know that UCD Medicine has fully prepared me for my medical career.”

Hilary Dowdall, Student

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