Are you an aspiring medical student in the UK looking to study in Ireland? This page covers the key elements of studying at Irish Medical Schools for UK students – from the application process to entry requirements.
All applications to Irish universities are done through the Central Applications Office (CAO), so you’ll need to use this if you’re applying to Irish medical schools from the UK. This is very similar to the UCAS process of applying to university in that you upload your personal details, qualifications and course choices.
You’ll also need to post (not email) A4 photocopies of your GCSE/A or AS-Level certificates to CAO as part of your application. The application deadline is usually around 1st February. You can find out more about the CAO application process on our Studying Medicine in Ireland page.
Good news: if you’re applying to Irish medical schools from the UK, tuition is paid for by Ireland’s Higher Education Authority, so is free for Irish students, as well as those from other EU countries like the UK – although you will need to pay a student contribution fee of €3,000 maximum towards books and equipment.
Unlike UK universities, it’s very difficult to secure accommodation on campus in Ireland, so most students rent privately – this can cost from around €300 (£228) to €700 (£532) a month. You’ll also need to take living costs into account: it’s estimated that living for a year in Dublin (one of Ireland’s most expensive cities) will cost between €10,000 (£7,596) and €15,000 (£11,394) – but this depends on your accommodation and lifestyle.
Entry requirements are measured using a points system which differs between different universities. This varies from year to year. For example, an A-Level A* at one medical school may translate to 150 points, whereas at another school this may be 180 points. All universities require a minimum of 480 points (around A*AA), but many candidates accepted into medical school have higher scores – for example, University College Cork recommends that around 545 points is more realistic (three A*s at A-Level), as competition is extremely high.
If you’re applying to Irish medical schools from the UK, in addition to A-Level requirements, you will also need to take the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) – this is similar to the UKCAT in that it tests aptitude. This score will be added to your A-Level and GCSE grades. Students from the UK don’t need to have studied Irish.
The following table provides a guideline to entry requirements if you’re applying to Irish medical schools from the UK. While the information is as up to date as possible, as the minimum points required to enter medical school varies from year to year, we strongly recommend contacting the universities themselves if you’re unsure about your application.
|University||Programme||Duration||Entry Requirements||HPAT required|
|Trinity College Dublin||Bachelor of Medicine (MB) of Surgery (BCh) and of Obstetrics (BAO)||5 years||Minimum A-Level Grade B and C in two of Physics, Chemistry or Biology - although this is very competitive, so high grades are an advantage. If you do not have a qualification in Physics, you must present GCSE Mathematics at grade B.||Yes|
|University College Cork||Bachelor of Medicine (MB) of Surgery (BCh) and of Obstetrics (BAO)||5 years||Minimum Leaving Certificate points are 480, but because competition is high, this is closer to 545 (three A*s). Four subjects are scored using the points system – either 4 A-Levels or 3 A-Levels and a fourth AS subject. Mandatory subjects at minimum Grade C at A-Level include Chemistry and either Physics or Biology. At GCSE level, minimum Grade C, the university requires English, Maths and another language. Twenty-five bonus points are awarded for A-Level Maths.||Yes|
|National University of Ireland, Galway||Bachelor of Medicine (MB) of Surgery (BCh) and of Obstetrics (BAO)||5/6 years||Minimum A-Level requirements are A*A*A* and C (AS) from the same sitting of the A2 examination (applicants must achieve the required subjects over GCSE/ GCE and must achieve the grades in one sitting).||Yes|
|Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland||Bachelor of Medicine (MB) of Surgery (BCh) and of Obstetrics (BAO)||5/6 years||A minimum of 6 subjects [2 x A2 level subjects (Grade C or above) and 4 passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A2 level)] to include a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics, a second language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics or Biology, to be considered for the 6 year programme. A minimum grade C in A2 level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for entry to the 5 year programme.||Yes|
|University College Dublin||Bachelor of Medicine (MB) of Surgery (BCh) and of Obstetrics (BAO)||6 years||Passes (GCSE Grade C or A-Level Grade E or above) in English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject, another language and two other recognised subjects. 480 points equivalent (A*AA) or higher.||Yes|
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