Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN400
CAO Points Range 2017: 734
Length of Course: 6 Years*
Average Intake: 90

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a third language, a laboratory science subject and one other recognised subjects

Minimum 480 CAO points or equivalent, which must be achieved in the same examination sitting as subject matriculation requirements

Plus HPAT admission test. For scoring details click here.

*Exemptions from Stage 1:
Exemptions from Stage 1: Applicants who accept a place in DN400 and who have previous third level credits may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. Applicants may be granted exemption from some or all of stage 1.

Healthcare Screening & Garda/Police Vetting: Candidates are required to undergo a mandatory healthcare screening process & Garda/Police vetting.


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Why is this course for me?

Our 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, immerse yourself in our acclaimed undergraduate student research programme and benefit from a diverse, international student population. 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.

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 Year
Focuses on core sciences and their application to Medicine. Highlights include:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Genetics
  • Human Ethics
  • Healthcare Imaging
  • Science Medicine & Society

Second Year
Focuses on the structure and function of healthy organ systems. Highlights include:

  • Anatomy Dissection
  • Interviewing patients in the community

Third & Fourth Year
Complete the study of organ systems in health and disease. Begin clinical attachments. Highlights include:

  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Neurosciences
  • Clinical Skills and attachments in hospitals
  • Clinical Diagnosis & Therapeutics
  • Respiratory Diseases

Fifth & Sixth Year
Immersive clinical attachments, instruction in the various medical specialties, clinical elective and professional completion. Highlights include:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • General Practice & Community Medicine
  • Legal Medicine
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Professional Completion

The Medicine programme combines lectures, seminars, patient educator sessions, simulations, small group tutorials and clinical bedside learning.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

Assessment methods include end-of semester exams, practicals and continuous assessment.

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.


“Starting on my clinical placement has been by far the most interesting part of the course. It’s fascinating to see the things we’ve studied in text books and lectures actually happening, and we get to be really involved in patient care, so each day is different. I would say hands down it’s the best decision you will ever make. I’ve met so many great friends and the entire college experience has been so rewarding.”

Niamh Crotty, Graduate

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